Adult Faith

Since the 1970’s, the catechetical documents of the Church have consistently stated that “The catechesis of adults…is the principal form of catechesis, because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.” (Catechesi Tradendae quoted in the National Directory for Catechesis, 48A) The diocesan Office for Religious Education and the diocesan Board for Religious Education have sponsored a number of programs to support the development of Parish Adult Faith Formation Committees that have responsibility to provide a wide spectrum of adult learning opportunities. As we move into the future we will expand our opportunities to assist adults grow in appreciating the depth and breadth of our wonderful faith and how it supports, enlivens and nourish them on their journey as disciples.

Important Resources for Adult Faith Formation (all available from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), USCCB

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults—an adaptation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church designed for adults in the United States

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us– Pastoral Plan for Adult Religious Education from the US bishops.

The National Directory for Catechesis—sets forth the pastoral and theological principals guiding catechesis. It is for “those who have responsibility for catechesis in the dioceses, parishes and schools in the United States.

Click here to view the presentation for The New Face of Adult Faith Formation: Engaging Today’s Spiritual Seeker.

Click here for Some Implications for Parishes from Neil Parent’s Workshop on the Changing Face of Adult Faith Formation.