The adult faith formation program provides opportunities for the adults of our parish and community to continue their spiritual formation, increase their knowledge of Scripture and grow in our Catholic Faith. This is accomplished through DVD series and guest speakers from throughout the diocese even international who share their knowledge of Scripture, spirituality, Church teachings and current Catholic topics.

"We are entering a period of new vitality for the Church, a period in which adult Catholic laity will play a pivotal leadership role in fulfilling the Christian mission of evangelizing and transforming society.  For adults to fulfill their roles in this new era of the Church, their faith formation must be lifelong, just as they must continue to learn to keep up in the changing world."

(Quote from) Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us (No. 29), from the United States Catholic Conference.
 

The Church's catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages to grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel. Consequently, appropriate goals and content will embrace all the faith dimensions of an adult life—for example, understanding and communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good.

Our adult faith formation ministry must engage the particular needs and interests of the adults in each local community.  To be faithful and effective it will offer, over time, a comprehensive and systematic presentation and exploration of the core elements of Catholic faith and practice—a complete initiation into a Catholic way of life.  It will do so in a way that is accessible to adults and relates to their life experiences, helping them to form a Christian conscience and to live their lives in the world as faithful disciples of Jesus.

This integration of actual life experience, diverse adult learning needs, the study of Scripture, and the teaching of the Church's tradition will create a vibrant learning environment.  It will also challenge the creativity of those who establish the direction, plan the content, and provide programs of adult faith formation.  Meeting the challenge will be both demanding and rewarding.  For guidance, we offer the following goals, principles, content, and approaches.

Three major goals guide and direct efforts in adult faith formation:

1. Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life.

2. Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community.

In response to God's call to holiness, our faith and life as adult disciples are grounded in developing a personal relationship with Jesus, "the Holy One of God" (John 6:69, Mrkk 1:24). Accordingly, "'at the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. . . .' Catechesis aims at putting 'people . . . in communion . . . with Jesus Christ.'"

As its first goal, faith formation helps adults "to acquire an attitude of conversion to the Lord." This attitude fosters a baptismal spirituality for adults. It leads them to recognize and repent of sin in their hearts and lives, to seek reconciliation through the sacraments, and to embrace the invitation and challenge of an ever deepening faith in Jesus. It means putting on the mind of Christ, trusting in the Father's love, obeying God's will, seeking holiness of life, and growing in love for others. Deepening personal prayer is a significant means toward growth in holiness in daily life.

Conversion is said to be a series of beginnings. Indeed it is. We fall and then with the Lord's grace, we rise again to new life. This process repeats itself over and over again throughout the life of a Christian. Indeed, the road to heaven is paved with many blessings, setbacks, and detours. As such, we can't make this journey alone. With ongoing conversion, there needs to be ongoing adult faith formation. More specifically, the disciple of Christ is continual need of revealed truth and life-giving grace. This is why we are reminded that "adult faith formation must become our chief catechetical priority." (Our Hearts Were Burning, #25)

Recent history bears witness that if adults are not well-formed in the Faith, the younger generations will lack formation as well. But with solid and vibrant adult faith formation programs, a personal relationship with Christ is better fostered among parishioners, the Sacraments begin to take on more relevance to everyday life and the motivation to share the Good News with those outside the flock is awakened. From there, the good work of catechizing children by the local parish is more likely to be reinforced by well-formed parents. In short, the benefits are incalculable!

 


As adult believers, we learn and live our faith as active members of the Church. Our response to God's call to community "cannot remain abstract and un-incarnated," but rather, "reveals itself concretely by a visible entry into a community of believers . . . a community which itself is a sign of transformation, a sign of newness of life: it is the Chur6ations, and in the communion of saints of all times and places.

Accordingly, faith formation helps adults make "a conscious and firm decision to live the gift and choice of faith through membership in the Christian community," accepting "co-responsibility for the community's mission and internal life." Adults not only receive the ministries of the Christian community, they also contribute to its life and mission through the generous stewardship of their gifts.

Adult Faith Formation Vision Statement

The vision of adult faith formation for any Diocese is one that challenges our parishes to become more dynamic communities that support lifelong learning and growth in discipleship by placing adult faith formation at the center of parish life.  Our vision is also of a diocese made up of parishes were all of our adult members are immersed in lifelong catechesis and the mission of building up the Kingdom of God.

  1. The priority of lifelong Catholic education as the center of our Diocesan and parish catechetical efforts.

  2. That the parish itself is an environment of adult faith formation. Every activity and relationship is a formative experience for learners and has the potential to form mature disciples.

  3. The call to place adult faith formation at the center of the Church’s catechetical mission involves a conversion and a shift in priorities, thinking and commitments.

  4. The importance of the family in our adult faith formation efforts.

  5. The connection between adult catechesis and stewardship and the challenge to Catholics to give of prayer, service and sharing to advance the mission of the Church.

3. Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World.

The Church and its adult faithful have a mission in and to the world: to share the message of Christ to renew and to transform the social and temporal order. This dual calling to evangelization and justice is integral to the identity of the lay faithful; all are called to it in baptism. Accordingly, faith formation seeks to help each adult believer become "more willing and able to be a Christian disciple in the world." As salt of the earth and light for the world (cf. Mt 5:13-16), adult disciples give witness to God's love and caring will so that, in the power of the Spirit, they renew the face of the earth.

—excerpted from Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States

For more information about Adult Faith Formation opportunities in your area, please contact your parish office or the (Arch)Diocese office.  Many dioceses and other Catholic organizations also offer classes in the areas of theology, ministry, spirituality and religious education.

Adult Faith Formation E-Newsletter

Our Catholic Faith Journey continues to try to play our part by sending out our monthly Adult Faith Formation newsletter includes updates on classes/events, resources, and helpful materials.  We also do our daily posting on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/OurCatholicFaith

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Adult Faith Formation Calendar of Classes and Events

A variety of adult faith formation opportunities are available and nearly all classes are offered to adults at no charge.

Call your parish office for more information.

 

Adult Faith Formation Guideline Coming Soon