Dr. Caroline Farey



Dr Caroline Farey was responsible for catechesis at the Maryvale Institute under Dr Petroc Willey from Sept 1996 to October 2013. There the ‘annunciation pedagogy’ was developed, together with a tremendous catechetical team that put it into practise and enabled it to be refined and developed over 20 years.

She also worked at St Mary’s College, Oscott, 2001-2011, teaching Thomism, especially his Anthropology, Epistemology and Metaphysics. It was during this time that she completed her STL at Leaven, PhL at Maynooth and Pontifical Doctorate at the Lateran, Rome.

In Autumn 2012 this work was recognised when she became one of 10 women, 3 lay women, experts at the Synod on the New Evangelisation for the transmission of the Faith, where she contributed to the working group chaired by Cardinal George Pell.

On 11th October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 2nd Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, she received the ‘Message for Catechists’ from Pope Benedict XVI. She was then chosen to work for the Pontifical Academy for the New Evangelisation and Catechesis under Archbishop Fisichella, in the working party for reviewing the General Directory for Catechesis for its 20th anniversary.

In 2013 she was one of the founders of the ‘School of the Annunciation’, a centre for the New Evangelisation based at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, UK, which she rooted in the principles of the annunciation pedagogy, which gave the school its name.

This website is her latest development, with others, hopefully enabling the annunciation pedagogy and its extraordinary Marian and grace-filled vibrancy to reach many more priests, parents and catechists in the English speaking world. She now works for the Diocese of Shrewsbury, UK, as a Diocesan Mission Catechist for whom this website is a valuable portal for the work of God in this field.