Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation helps you learn about what your faith teaches. Our Adult Faith Formation program is a resource to help you enrich different areas of your life. Whether you want to learn more about scripture, historical facts or your family and prayer life, we can help and provide online resources for those times when you can't make it to an in-person presentation. A wonderful byproduct of adult faith formation is that it is a great way to build lasting friendships with the people who share your values and grow with you spiritually.

"Awakened and energized by the Spirit, let us strengthen our commitment and intensify our efforts to help the adults in our communities be touched and transformed by the life-giving message of Jesus, to explore its meaning, experience its power, and live in its light as faithful adult disciples today. Let us do our part with creativity and vigor, our hearts aflame with love to empower adults to know and live the message of Jesus. This is the Lord's work. In the power of the Spirit it will not fail but will bear lasting fruit for the life of the world."  (USCCB  pastoral plan for Adult Faith Formation, Our Hearts were Burning Within Us, 183)

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Upcoming Presentations

Lenten Book Discussion Group (March-April)
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Fundamentals of Christology Series

March 24, 31 & April 7
10:10 a.m. Chapel

Over the course of three sessions, Fr. Brian McDermott, SJ will offer some fundamental themes in Christology, the theological exploration of the meaning of Jesus Christ. He will first consider the distinction between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith, Jesus’ Jewishness and aspects of his ministry. In the second session, Fr. McDermott will examine Jesus' passion and death both historically and theologically. In the last presentation, he will explore Jesus’ resurrection as the radical transformation of his whole person and as the hope of transformation for all humanity.

Women in the Diaconate

Saturday, March 30
9:30 a.m. Coffee Reception
10 a.m. Presentation in Trinity Hall

Two years ago, Pope Francis appointed the first-ever special commission to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons. The Pontifical Study Commission on the Diaconate of Women discussed questions surrounding the restoration of women to the ordained diaconate. 

One of the commission’s members, Dr. Phyllis Zagano, an expert on the question of restoring women to the ordained diaconate in the Catholic Church, was appointed to the commission by the Pope, and she will bring her perspective for discussion on March 30. The church's evident need for more women in ministry demands careful exploration and evaluation of the historical roots, contemporary ecclesial realities, and creative future possibilities for including women in the diaconate.

Dr. Zagano is an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women’s issues in the church. She is Senior Research Associate-in-Residence in the Department of Religion at Hofstra, where she has continued her research in the history of spirituality and the history of women in the church since 2002.

All are welcome to join us for a brief hospitality reception at 9:30 a.m., followed by Dr. Zagano’s presentation at 10 a.m. and a Q&A session afterward. Dr. Zagano will sign copies of her books as time permits. 

Books will not be sold at this event; they all are available for purchase at www.paulistpress.com.

Adult Faith Formation Archive of Past Presentations and Resources