Adult Formation


Adult faith formation...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."

We are convinced that the energy and resources we devote to adult faith formation will strengthen and invigorate...every Church ministry....

...the witness of adults actively continuing their own formation shows children and youth that growth in faith is lifelong... faith formation should serve as the point of reference for catechesis for other age groups. It ought to be "the organizing principle, which gives coherence to the various catechetical programs...

...the Church wisely and repeatedly insists that adult faith formation is "essential to who we are and what we do as Church" and must be "situated not at the periphery of the Church's educational mission but at its center."

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation
in the United States by the Catholic Bishops of the United States