What is Adult Faith Formation?
Adult Faith Formation attends to our heart, our mind, our soul, and our body. It is an integrated understanding of who we are as beloved children of God, who are continually urged to know, love, and serve God more fully. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops describes adult faith formation as an essential process inviting Catholic Christians to integrate their own life experiences with knowledge of the faith, love of God, and love of neighbor. It is a complete initiation into the life of the Church as a way of forming a Christian conscience and a desire to act as Christ’s hands and feet in the world.
The Three Main Goals of Adult Faith Formation
- Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life.
- Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community.
- Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World.
Cathedral of St. John Berchmans Parish Pastoral Plan 2016-2020
Goal III. Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization.
Offer a wide range of ongoing Adult Faith Formation activities, including spiritual and educational gatherings, as part of a life-long process of growth in prayer, relationship with the Lord, and knowledge of His teachings as articulated by the Church Jesus founded.
While we encourage adults to attend our AFF classes on Sundays, we also understand that it may not be possible for some, or that classes are sometimes missed. In order to share knowledge and continue to educate the faithful, we record and share our classes online. Below you will find a listing of our classes, with the opportunity to view each one. We are working to get our full video collection online, so if you see something missing – stay tuned!
OUR CURRENT SEMESTER
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|Class Date||Class Title||Presenter||Video|
|1/20/19||Prayer in Context: Earliest Christian Influences||Dr. Cheryl White|
|1/27/19||Basics of the Mass: An Overview||Fr. Duane Trombetta|
|2/3/19||Scriptural and Historical Roots of the Mass||Fr. Duane Trombetta|
|2/10/19||The Roman Missal||Fr. Peter Mangum|
|2/17/19||I Believe…The Foundations of the Creed||Dr. Cheryl White|
|2/24/19||Obligation and Opportunity: Mass Attendance||Fr. James McLelland|
|3/3/19||Difficulties in Prayer||Most Reverend Alfred Hughes
Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of New Orleans
|3/10/19||Reflection on Research Trip to France
||Fr. Peter Mangum|
|3/17/19||The Real Presence of Christ||Deacon John Basco||Video|
|3/31/19||Meditations on the Shroud of Turin||Fr. Andrew Dalton, Legionaries of Christ
Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, Rome
|4/7/19||Miraculous Providence: Shreveport 1873||Fr. Peter Mangum, W. Ryan Smith, and Dr. Cheryl White||Video|
|4/14/19||Prayer Life Expressed in Literature and Art||Dr. Helen Taylor, Louisiana State University at Shreveport||Video|
|4/28/19||Exploring the Rosary and Marian Devotions||Dr. Cheryl White||Video|
|5/5/19||Developing a Discipline of Prayer||Fr. James McLelland||Video|
|5/12/19||May the Saints Intercede for Us||Dr. Cheryl White||Video|