A steering team is in place for the Promotion and Delivery of the study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
The team comprises :
- Most Rev. Alphonsus Cullinan, D.D.,Bishop of Waterford and Lismore
- Rev. Tom Deenihan, Cork and Ross
- Rev. Donncha Ó hAodha, Prelature of Opus Dei
- Rev. Sean Corkery, Cloyne
- Rev. Timothy Bartlett, Down and Connor
- Caoimhe Frain, Dublin
- Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin, Cork and Ross
The national co-ordinator is Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin who does this on a voluntary basis.
Of the 26 dioceses the following are currently participating in the study: Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Cloyne, Cork and Ross, Derry, Dublin, Elphin, Ferns, Galway, Kerry, Kildare and Leighlin, Killala, Killaloe, Kilmore, Raphoe, Tuam, Waterford.
The format of the study of the Catechism is based on the Maryvale 6-unit, 72-week programme over 3 academic years. The academic year is:
- Semester 1 : 12 weeks : September – December
- Semester 2 : 12 weeks: January –April
with a mid-term break in each semester. One unit is covered in each Semester.
Each study group comprises 8-10 students, 1-2 spiritual directors and a facilitator.
Students complete study at home and meet weekly to share and discuss with other students/spiritual director and facilitator.