Catholic Theology and Practice

On Thursday afternoons, we run our course, Catholic Theology and Practice. The programme is designed to be flexible, and is, for example, a good entry point for those thinking of resuming study after a lengthy gap; or for graduates in a discipline other than theology who need to have appropriate formal theological study before applying for the MA in Pastoral Theology.


  • Although it’s not compulsory, students who want to write assignments or essays can do so in consultation with the Director of Studies. These can be set for different levels of study.
  • The programme is currently taught on Thursday afternoons from 2–5.30pm. Teaching is followed by Mass and community supper.
  • The course comprises five modules a year offered on a three-year cycle. Students can join at any point and study for anything between one and three years. It is possible to register for one semester or even for just one module.
  • A transcript of courses attended is available on request.


Easter Term 2019

Christian Mysticism

Thursday afternoons, 25th April–16 May 2019

Course leader: Dr Louise Nelstrop, Jubilee Fellow

The course will introduce students to key themes and figures within Western Christian Mysticism. It will explore the rich mystical heritage that we find within this tradition, examining important figures such as Origen, Augustine, Dionysius, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich and the Cloud-Author. To apply please contact Ela Wolbek,

To apply, please contact our administrator using the online form, by email – – or by phone – 01223741039.

£170 for the course

Michaelmas Term 2019

Sermon on the Mount

Thursday afternoons, 10th–31st October

Course leader: Dr Marian Machinek, visiting scholar

An exploration of the ideas and theologies at play in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) one of the most significant collections of Jesus's teachings in the New Testament.

To apply, please contact our administrator using the online form, by email – – or by phone – 01223741039.

£170 for the course

Ignatian Spirituality

Thursday afternoons, 7th–28th November

Course leader: Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ Director of the Religious Life Institute at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology

Author of The Way of Ignatius, Dr Gemma Simmonds has led and directed retreats and course on Ignatian Spirituality for many years.

Lent 2020

Sin and Redemption

Thursday afternoons, 16th January–6th February

Course leader: Dr Anna Abram

Course title: tbc

Thursday afternoons, 13th February–5 March

Course leader: tbc

Easter 2020


Thursday afternoons, 23rd April–14 May

Course leader: Dr Férdia Stone-Davis