Adult Faith Formation
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have outlined three major goals to guide and direct efforts in adult faith formation:
1. Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life.
In response to God’s call to holiness, our faith and life as adult disciples are grounded in developing a personal relationship with Jesus, “the Holy One of God” (Jn 6:69, Mk 1:24). Accordingly, “‘at the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. . . .’ Catechesis aims at putting ‘people . . . in communion . . . with Jesus Christ.'”
- Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community.
As adult believers, we learn and live our faith as active members of the Church. Our response to God’s call to community “cannot remain abstract and unincarnated,” but rather, “reveals itself concretely by a visible entry into a community of believers . . . a community which itself is a sign of transformation, a sign of newness of life: it is the Church, the visible sacrament of salvation.”
- Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World.
The Church and its faithful adults have a mission in and to the world: to share the message of Christ to renew and to transform the world. This dual calling to evangelization and justice is integral to the identity of the lay faithful; all are called to it in baptism. Accordingly, faith formation seeks to help each adult believer become “more willing and able to be a Christian disciple in the world.” As salt of the earth and light for the world (cf. Mt 5:13-16), adult disciples give witness to God’s love and caring will so that, in the power of the Spirit, they renew the face of the earth.
The Ministry of Catechist
“The call to the ministry of catechist is a vocation, an interior call, the voice of the Holy Spirit.”
National Directory for Catechesis
The Role of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Catechists
Christ calls every member of the Catholic Church to proclaim the Good News of Salvation to every generation. Christians evangelize by professing faith in Christ, celebrating the sacraments in the Liturgy, praying and embracing the Christian way of life. The content of faith is the heritage of the whole Church. It is the privilege and responsibility of all believers to preserve the memory of Christ – His words and deeds — and to hand on the content of this faith to future generations.
Catechists are called forth from the Church to model Christian discipleship described above. They bring a wide variety of talents and abilities to the vocation of catechist. At the same time, the catechist continues on their own lifelong process of growing in holiness.
The call to be a catechist is not arbitrary but is instead a process of discernment that begins with a desire to share the faith, and an invitation by the pastor or catechetical leader.
Adults Volunteering for CFF and Youth Ministry
Download application Job Description for Volunteer Catechist or Aid
All volunteers planning to work with youth must have completed all clearances and trainings mandated by the state of Pennsylvania and the Diocese of Greensburg. A list is available at this link.