Mater Ecclesiae College

Mater Ecclesiae College (MEC) provides for the education of seminarians training for the priesthood, as well as lay men and women. Studies are completed through the MEC, a Pontifical Institute based at the Diocese of Westminster's Seminary, Allen Hall, in partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

All Mater Ecclesiae students who complete their degrees may receive both the civil degree, a BA (Hons) in Theological Studies from St Mary’s University, Twickenham, as well as the Ecclesiastical degree, the Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) from Mater Ecclesiae, which has the faculties to award pontifical qualifications under the auspices of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Culture and Education.

These Pontifical degrees are not exclusively for seminarians. Increasingly lay men and women study for these degrees at every level. Once they have acquired higher degrees, namely licenses, the equivalent of an M.A., or a doctorate, they are qualified to teach in the many other pontifical institutes, Catholic universities and colleges, to be found around the world.

The college’s highly dedicated and richly experienced team of lecturers are able to offer a comprehensive range of theological and scriptural courses in full accord with the teaching of the Catholic Church.

The Faculty are dedicated to providing students with a stimulating and fruitful programme of studies so that, in turn, they may serve Christ and his Church’s mission throughout the world today.


Rev Dr. F Javier Ruiz-Ortiz, STB, SSL, STD
Mater Ecclesiae College
T: 020 7349 5608