Anchor is designed to help adults (15+) discover or rediscover the Catholic Faith. It is specifically designed to help parents alongside their children's sacramental preparation.
Anchor is a Catechetical program rooted in Holy Scripture and in Tradition, offering an integral discovery of the Catholic Faith, the Sacraments, the moral life and prayer. It anchors participants in Jesus Christ and in his Church.
Anchor offers adults a kerygmatic proclamation of the Good News. It sets the conditions for a encounter with Jesus under the breath of the Holy Spirit. Silent prayer is an essential part of each Anchor session.
The Gift of New Life
The Desire for God
The Blessing of Water
The Gift of New Life
The Gift of Salvation
Jesus Christ, the Light of the World
The Renunciation of Sin
Freedom from Sin
The Gift of the Father
The Revelation of the Father
The Profession of Faith
The Gift of Faith
The Gift of the Son
Jesus Christ our Hope
The Rite of Baptism
The Gift of Hope
The Gift of the Holy Spirit
The Love of the Holy Spirit
The Gift of Charity
The Gift of the Church
The Communion of the Church
The White Garment and Candle
The Life of the Church
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
God the Holy Trinity
The Sign of the Cross
The Vocation to Love
Lord, have mercy
Sin and Forgiveness
The Penitential Rite
The Sacrament of Confession
The Word of the Lord
The History of Salvation
The Liturgy of the Word
The Ten Commandments
For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven
The Gospel and Creed
This is my Body, which will be given up for you
The Cross and Resurrection
The Eucharistic Prayer
The Theological Virtues
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb
The Communion of the Church
The Rite of Communion
The Human Person
The Names of the Sacrament
The Natural Law
Trinity and Baptism
The First 3 Commandments
The Disfiguration of Sin
The Last 7 Commandments
The Consequences of Sin
The redemption of Christ
The Act of Contrition
The work of the Holy Spirit
Eternal Life through the Church
The Blessedness of Heaven
"In the 21st century, the Lord is calling the whole Church to the great work of 'new evangelisation', that is, helping every Christian grow in the knowledge, understanding and love of their Catholic faith, in order to propose and hand on that faith to others. This Anchor series is an excellent resource for doing this. I heartily recommend this series. May all who use it find the true Anchor of Life, Jesus Christ our Lord."
+Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth
The Anchor programme has been of great enrichment in the spiritual lives of the Christians and catechists in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. Made up of 6 sessions, Anchoring you in the faith (on the Mass) has helped to deepen the faith of most of our Christians. Most of the Parishes and Religious Communities where this programme has been taught there have come out enriched and nourished spiritually. It has given the basic elements that the Christians need and a good foundation to them to do the Maryvale Certificate/Diploma programme at the Maryvale Institute in Bamenda. About 800 christians including seminarians, candidates in Religious Houses, Religious, Priests and the Lay Faithful alike have been enriched by this programme over the last years. We render immense thanks to maryvale Institute Birmingham and the Dominican Sisters for all the excellent resources that they produce every now and then to help us deepen our knowledge of the Catholic Faith. Thanks to the Anchor programme, we have had an increase in the number of Christians who know why they go to Church and can explain their faith and even deepen it when the need arises. Every year in the Archdiocese of Bamenda about 10 parishes and 8 Religious Communities benefit from either the Anchor programme or from the Echoes Programme. We hope that the Dominican Sisters will continue with this great work of constantly updating us in our Catholic Faith and that through the Anchor programme we may come to know more about Christ and be firmly rooted in him.
Fr. Michael Bibi
Maryvale Institute, Bamenda Cameroon.
"The material and the pedagogical approach is excellent, engaging and gradually taking the parents to an awareness of being in the presence of the Blessed Trinity. The parents left very happy and with the impression that it had been really worthwhile." A priest from Westminster Diocese
"I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for sound material in catechesis." A priest from Hexham and Newcastle Diocese
A well planned Christocentric course. I have used this material in a prison setting for people who are rediscovering their faith through the Catholic tradition. The structure of the course through scripture, worship and life is extremely important to these people as it places their faith in perspective for them, it makes faith in God something which is an anchor for them as they rebuild their lives.
I have received very positive feedback, with people telling me that they are thoroughly enjoying the course. The content is just right for an hour and a half, and the language is simple enough without being simplistic.
The materials are beautifully produced and they were well-received by those who used them, both in Confirmation classes and RCIA. The parish is also using them as part of Baptismal preparation for parents.
I have learnt things which I never really understood properly or thought about.
I feel better equipped to explain certain aspects of my faith and the Mass to my children.
I highly recommend the sessions as they help us to improve our faith in Him.
l never knew the meaning of the Holy Mass. This course has helped me to participate wholly in Holy Mass.
Now I make sure I go to Mass, no matter what is on in my life.
The sacrament of reconciliation, for me, is a missing sacrament. The course has made me realise the point and value of the sacrament.
The course is well constructed and progresses with beautiful clarity.
Very helpful in being reminded (not only in the mind, but in the heart) of the basics of our faith – a means to help us to know our selves and God better.
Anchor has been written and published by the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph based in Lymington, UK. The sisters' work is to teach the Catholic Faith, especially through catechesis and catechists' formation. This work is rooted in the sisters' common life of prayer and study centred around the celebration of the sacred Liturgy.
The Dominican sisters have produced Anchor in association with Maryvale Institute. Anchor is the fruit of Maryvale Insitute's rich catechetical experience. Maryvale is an ecclesiastical Institute providing distance learning opportunities in Catholic Theology, Evangelisation, Catechesis, Philosophy, Ministry and Religious Education at every level, including BAs, MAs and research degrees.