The School of the Annunciation, based at Buckfast Abbey, has signed an agreement to collaborate with the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, allowing them to share academic expertise.
Under the partnership Dr Andrew Beards, academic director at the Devon school, has joined the online teaching staff of Franciscan University’s distance-learning MA in Catechesis and Evangelisation. Further collaborations are expected to be unveiled over the next few months.
Among the faculty at the American college are Dr Scott Hahn, Dr Bob Rice, Sister Johanna Paruch and Dr Petroc Willey.
In a statement Fr Guy de Gaynesford STL, rector of the School of the Annunciation, said: “All those associated with the School of the Annunciation will naturally be absolutely delighted to learn of the beginning of this exciting collaborative partnership with a world-renowned Catholic university. The remarkable progress both sides have achieved in creating this partnership was made possible by our common fidelity to the Catholic faith, our shared academic expertise and our joint passion to form disciples of the Lord for the work of the New Evangelisation.”
The School of the Annunciation is a higher education institution dedicated to the New Evangelisation, and in the past year has launched three new courses in evangelisation, catechesis and Latin.