Adult Faith Formation

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. 
  1. Three major goals guide and direct efforts in adult faith formation: Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life. In response to God's call to holiness, our faith and life as adult disciples are grounded in developing a personal relationship with Jesus,
  2. Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community. 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 unincarnated," 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 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.
  4. excerpted from Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States
  5. For more information about Adult Faith Formation opportunities in your area, please contact your (Arch)Diocese. Many dioceses and other Catholic organizations also offer classes in the areas of theology, ministry, spirituality and religious education.