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Welcome to the Academy of the Annunciation (AoA)

at the Bournemouth Oratory


Be Transformed by the renewal of your mind

Rom. 12:2

AoA’s courses, whether delivered by way of live video conferencing, onsite conference (when permitted), or blended / distance learning, are designed to form and educate students to be truly mission-ready – for the parish, the diocese, and the world.  Focused courses are offered at various levels on the Sacraments of Initiation, Catechesis & Evangelisation, Discipleship & Prayer, Apologetics & Reasons for Faith, Spiritual Theology, and various Scripture Studies.

Forming Evangelists, Catechists, and Formators “to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirt and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.” (St John Paul II – Catechesi Tradendae *5).

Some feedback from our students

These study days are one of the best things  that has happened to me – an obvious ‘Godincidence’ ….”  Retired in London

“Thanks for the awesome lectures! I especially loved Tuesday since I am in need of improving my arguments when faced with challenging people!”
Medical Doctor & Pathologist in Los Angeles, California

“Thank you very much for the Study Days. We have enjoyed them very much.  We have gained an enormous amount of knowledge!”
Married couple in Bristol (UK)

“Many thanks for yesterday’s session on the Road  to Emmaus! – Your comments on the Eucharist were profound and ‘indeed our hearts burned within us’!”
 Teacher in Exeter (UK)

“Amazing!!! That was a great learning day! Thanks so much for this! Praying for you all.”
Single Mother in Knock, Ireland

I wanted to thank you for the great gift you gave to our community with the study day last Saturday! …… It is so refreshing, especially in our day and age, to have people like yourselves who can expound the Church’s teaching with clarity and fidelity. We felt the programme was very well structured in terms of the length of each session and the time you provided for people to make comments and ask questions, which gave it all a very friendly feel.
Mother Superior of Religious Sisters in London (UK)

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Newman Catechetical Certificate : Reasons for Faith

One year Certificate course
Starting 29th September 2020

Catholics often have a profound sense of the faith; but equally often, they have difficulty explaining the reasons for their faith (and their hope) when asked questions or when challenged.

This programme will equip students with the basic principles needed to begin making this kind of preparation and is designed to help catechists, parents, parish workers, and anyone interested in giving reasons for our Catholic faith.

CLICK HERE to find out more about and to register for this course.

St John Diploma: Spiritual Formation

Two year Diploma course
Starting 1st October 2020

“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” [Jesus (Mt 7:13-14)]

Meditating on these words of Jesus, St John of the Cross (Doctor of the Universal Church) had studied diligently the Summa Theologiae of the great St Thomas Aquinas.  This two-year programme focuses on the teaching of these two Doctors, along with the teaching of two other Doctors of the Church, St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Lisieux.

CLICK HERE to find out more and to register for this course.

July Study Days

Wednesdays and Saturdays 09:30 to 16:30

Registration is now open for the following July Study Days:

  1. Angels and Demons
    Wednesday 8th July
  2. Understanding the Catechism of the Catholic Church
    Saturday 11th July
  3. Introduction to St Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of Doctors
    Wednesday 15th July
  4. How does Christ’s Death on the Cross Save Us?
    Saturday 18th July
  5. Heresies of the Early Church
    Wednesday 22nd July
  6. The Unique Meditation of Christ
    Saturday 25th July

Each Study Day costs only £25, and there is a 6 for 5 discount (sign up for 6 and only pay for 5).

CLICK HERE to find out more and to register for these Study Days.

 June Study Days

 Wednesdays and Saturdays 09:30 to 16:30

 Registration is open for the following June Study Days:

  1. Passion and Emotion – The Catholic Perspective
    Saturday 20th June
  2. Adam & Eve in the Garden – Why the First Sin was so Catastrophic
    Wednesday 24th June
  3. Why we call the Priest “Father” and Other Questions about the Priesthood
    Saturday 27th June

The cost of each Study Day is only £25.

CLICK HERE to find out more and to register for these Study Days.

During this “Year of the Word: the God who Speaks” the Bishops of England & Wales call us all to “Listen afresh to the Word of God, as did Our Blessed Lady at the Annunciation”, and St John Henry Newman (Founder of the English Oratories) called for ” … a Laity … who know their Religion, who enter into it … who know their Creed so well that they can give an account of it … (who) understand how Faith and Reason stand to each other”.

The Academy of the Annunciation (AoA) is a direct result of the prayers of St John Henry Newman (Cannonised in October 2019 by Pope Francis).  Launched at the start of the “God Who Speaks: Year of the Word”, and in response to Bishop Egan’s vision in inviting The Oratory to the Diocese of Portsmouth to be a “focus for formation in the Catholic Faith for the New Evangelisation, a powerhouse of prayer, and a hub for the community”.

The Fathers and Brother of the Bournemouth Oratory in Formation welcome Dr Christina Pal and Dr Denise Oliver to work with us in responding to these calls, and welcome students to engage with the Faith, live it, and proclaim it, in a waiting world.

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