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 the 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, #5
To assist parishes as they facilitate the process of creating a culture of mature adult discipleship that is a living, fruitful and explicit profession of faith. It is important to be mindful that formation toward discipleship is essential. This effort finds its inspiration amid the fullness of Christian life and the vision put forth in the following documents:
- The General Directory for Catechesis
- The National Directory for Catechesis
- Called and Gifted for the Third Millenium, 1995, Reflections of the USCCB on the 30th anniversary of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity and the 15th anniversary of Called and Gifted
- Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, 1999, A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, NCCB/USCCB.
- Go and Make Disciples, 1992, 2002-10th anniversary edition, a National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States.
- Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization, 2012, a Statement by the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis
Adult Faith Formation Resources
- Best Practices in Small Faith Sharing Groups
- Beyond Words: Christian Initiation and Mystagogy - Ms. Sharon A. Bogusz
- Effective Adult Formation - Loyola Press
- Adult Faith Team Description
- NCCL Resources for Adult Faith Formation
Models for Using the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Developed by members of the National Advisory Committee on Adult Religious Education (NACARE) based on feedback from submissions from Diocesan and Eparchial Adult Faith Formation Contacts in the United States. NACARE wishes to thank Ms. Rose Bennett who served as Editor, and to Sharon Bogusz who provided layout assistance for the materials.
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