Catechesis

Adult Faith Formation

Adult faith formation, by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study, must be "the central task in [this] catechetical enterprise," becoming "the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age."

- Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, no. 5

 

Through Baptism we enter into a life-long process of conversion to Christ. We are called to deepen our understanding of the paschal mystery and further our participation in the life of the Church through the study of Scripture, doing the works of mercy and sharing in the sacraments. As adult members of the Body of Christ, this takes on a special urgency both for our own lives and so that we can pass on our Catholic faith – not only to our children but also to those who do not know Christ. For “how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” (Rom 10:14)

The Office for Catechesis provides formation opportunities to the faithful of the diocese through the biennial Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference (DAEC), regional gatherings and faith sharing programs such as Why Catholic?; by sharing best practices and providing resources to parishes; and by partnering with regional and national organizations.