Adult Faith Formation

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Welcome to the Office of Adult Faith Formation

Opportunities to explore various topics can be found here, including creative prayer ideas, music and video presentations to accompany your prayer and faith journey.


The Church identifies faith formation, particularly adult formation, as one of Her high priorities.The Office of Adult Faith Formation supports those on their ongoing journeys to becoming more faith-filled disciples and stronger participants in the life of the Church. 

Through the office of Adult Faith Formation, the Diocese of Saint John offers resources and support for individual and parish needs. Contact our office with specific requests.

Lay Pastoral Ministry Program Graduates
A dedicated Facebook page is available for this group.                                       
Please contact our office directly if you wish to join.                                                      




Thankfully, this year provided a little more 'breathing room' between the ending of the Christmas Season and the beginning of Lent.  Hopefully you have taken opportunity this last week or two to consider how you were going to live this holy season of Lent.  The Church provides us with the disciplines of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving as some significant ways to help us mark this time as set apart.  

We are reminded that this Season is a season of conversion, of transformation.  And so, however we incorporate these disciplines into our living, we are invited to consider how does praying in this way transform my living .... how does this particular expression of fasting, convert me more deeply into God's ways .... 

When we consider these practices with the lens of conversion and transformation, we recognize that what we are about is a change that prepares us for the long haul.  We do not fast from words of judgment about another just until Easter and then talk about people starting Easter Monday.  We don't practice praying Grace before meals during Lent, only to forget our blessings Easter Monday.  Finally, we don't give of ourselves to others for six weeks, becoming selfish again at the beginning of Easter.

Perhaps you already have a helpful resource that will accompany you this Lent.  If not, you may want to check out this great website with many prayers and reflections.


http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/

And, no matter, how you live this season, let us do so with a smile on our face and joy in our hearts.
Happy Lent.


Opportunity for Prayer and Formation
Lenten Season
Before we know it we will be signed with Ashes once again, marking the beginning of another year of recommitting to regular prayer and other spiritual practices.  The Office of Adult Faith offers opportunities to support you in this desire.  There will be two opportunities offered in each region of the diocese for a time of retreat.  The first will be these retreats mentioned here.  


 

Baptized in Christ, Sealed with the Spirit, Sent Forth in Mission: You are invited to a Lenten Retreat, Saturday, March 23, 2019, at St. Dunstan's Church in Fredericton, from 9:30 am - 12:30pm. 
Lent is a time of prayer and penance, as well as an opportunity to explore in more depth the deeper meaning of our baptismal commitment. During this retreat we will focus on the baptismal dimension of our Lenten journey. The retreat will be facilitated by Sr. Gertrude Mulholland, scic.  Cost is $10.  For details or to register, email or call the Office of Adult Faith: cderdaele@dioceseofsaintjohn.org or 506-386-7012.

 

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Document on 'Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse'
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Contact Information
Claudette Derdaele
1 Bayard Drive
Saint John, NB E2L 3L5
cderdaele@dioceseofsaintjohn.org
506-386-7012