Why is Adult Faith Formation Important?
The General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) and the National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) clearly place adult faith formation within the framework of evangelization. Evangelization sets the foundation for Adult Faith Formation. Adult Faith Formation seeks to nurture an encounter with the Lord that leads the believer to a deepening conversion, communion and discipleship.
Adult Faith Formation is far from merely passing on information; this process must be aimed at forming the whole person through an integrated, four-fold approach that encompasses the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral aspects of formation. It is for this reason that the parish is primarily responsible for the catechesis and faith formation of all its members. “Adult Faith Formation by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, prayer, reflection and study, must be the central task of the catechetical enterprise.” (OHWB #5)
In November 1999, the United States Bishops (USCCB) published a pastoral plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States called “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us.” It has become the blueprint for organizing and implementing adult faith formation programs in parishes and diocese throughout the United States.
1. Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life.
2. Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community.
3. Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World.
To begin your own process of formation as a Catholic adult, please consult your local parish pastoral staff and religious education office for opportunities. Please see the Adult Faith Formation Online/ Onsite Programs for some helpful tools in beginning this formation either individually or with others. If I can be of assistance, or if you have a particular question please contact Laura Rivas.