Adult Faith Formation

Covid-19 Resources 

 

With the new Covid-19 safety precautions in place and Masses suspended, adults are encouraged to deepen their faith at home.  Some resources that might be helpful to you include:

Preparing to Reopen Parish Faith Formation this Fall - Planning for the Future Amidst Uncertainty 2020
Pandemic Prayer Book
Lectio Divina

The Latin phrase "lectio divina" means divine reading. It is a particular practice of prayerful meditative reading that the monastics developed in the early church. This is a great process for breaking open the Sunday Gospel at home by yourself or with your family.

Lectio Divina process for adults English

Lectio Divina process for adults Spanish

Boost your daily prayer and meditation with one of these free online Catholic services

Moving Faith Formation Online  - Webinar Video and more

 

Best Practice resources for this challenging time from Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP www.janetschaeffler.com 

Guide to Transforming Faith Formation for a Changing World

From Pivoting to Innovation:  Designing Faith Formation in 2020-21

Online Adult Faith Formation Resources  

Bible Studies

Family Faith Formation

Faith Formation through Mission

Presentations on mission to parish or diocesan groups, e.g., what is mission, and why is it important? These can be 45 minutes to two days in duration. For the longer programs, I can bring in people from our other offices.

Presentations on Catholic Social Teaching, usually about an hour long. I could also do one of these at an AFF Gathering.

Formation for parish groups going on short-term mission trips. These ideally consist of a four-hour session before the group embarks and a two-hour session after they return.

Small faith communities Resources 

Forming Small Christian Communities

Small Community Leader Training

Evaluating Group Life

Lectionary-based Faith Sharing

  • Commentaries on the Sunday Readings
  • Prayer Time/Oremos (RENEW International) – A faith sharing resource book based on the Sunday readings.  Can be used personally or with a group. (available in ENGLISH)
  • Exploring the Sunday Readings/para meditar las Lecturas Dominicales (Alice Camille, Twenty-Third Publications) A monthly publication which makes a spiritual connection between Scripture and daily life. Each issue gives you opening and closing prayers to guide your meditations, easy-to-understand explanations that go straight to the heart of the readings, short commentaries on each reading, and practical questions for reflection.
  • Sunday by Sunday (Good Ground Press) - a four-page weekly publication that invites adults to reflect on the Sunday Gospel and Old Testament readings.
Small Group Studies

Small Group Studies for Women

​​Theme-based Faith Sharing

Catholic Social Teaching

  • Faith in Action (Paulist Evangelization Ministries) - Discussion and sharing material for six sessions —all of them focused on the social teachings of the Church.

Ecology, Environment, Stewardship of the Earth, Laudato Si’

Faithful Citizenship

  • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility USCCB, 2015

Family Faith Sharing

  • Family Faith Communities (Good Ground Press) - Easy to use, hands-on materials for family-based small Christian communities.  Offers step-by-step sessions to get a family based group started.  Includes 10 inter-generational gatherings and 10 Kitchen Table Pages for family at-home preparation.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • The Spirit of Faith (Paulist Evangelization Ministries) – Discussion and sharing material for seven sessions—all of them focused on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Sacraments

  • Deepening Faith (Paulist Evangelization Ministries) - Discussion and sharing material for six sessions—all of them focused on the sacraments.

Virtues

  • Empowering Faith (Paulist Evangelization Ministries) – Discussion and sharing material for seven sessions—concentrating on the three theological virtues and four cardinal virtues.

Year of Mercy, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Mercy, Justice

 

Downloadable Resources

Publishing Companies

Research and Creative Engagement for Adult Faith Formation

Sample Job and Role Descriptions for Leaders