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Among its responsibilities the Agency numbers the support and promotion of ongoing faith formation; the key to our being the formators and evangelisers we are called to be.  We are working to help parishes nurture the faith formation of adults, affording all an understanding of what the Church teaches and a vocabulary with which to explain their faith and reach out to others. We support adult faith formation by helping parishes develop their own pastoral plan and by organising talks and events around the diocese which parishes can tap into.

There are many successful adult faith formation programmes to choose from. Each of them has something to offer and can play a valuable part in the development of a comprehensive parish plan. 

In the following sections you will find descriptions of a number of programmes and initiatives developed by the Agency for Evangelisation and opportunties for formation for effective parish ministries.

 

Spirituality, prayer, retreats, Bible studies and faith talks

Registration is required for all events. Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk. 
Alternatively, please leave a message at 020 7931 6078.

 

The Call of God. Discipleship in the Old Testament with Sr Anne Walsh OP and Sr Karen Marguerite OP

Date: 28th Sep, 12th Oct, 2nd Nov, 16th Nov, 30th 2017
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £5.00


A series of 3 talks on Shaped by God’s Mercy – Biblical Characters who Experienced God’s Mercy by Brian Purfield

Dates: 4th Oct, 8th Nov, 5th Dec, 2017

Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: £4.00

Prayer with Sr Anne Walsh OPe Walsh OP & Sr Martina
Dates: 4th Oct, 1st Nov, 6th Dec 2017, 7th Feb, 7th Mar, 11th Apr, 2nd May, 6th Jun 2018
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation:£5.00.

 

'Mindfulness in Christian Tradition (1) with Mgr Malachy Keegan.
This seminar will explain Mindfulness and the great help it gives us in managing our lives well. We will learn how to live in the present moment, without worrying about the future and dwelling in the past. We will learn practical ways of being closer to God, to ourselves and to others.
Date: 7th October 2017
Time: 10:30am-2:30pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation:£14.00

 

Walking with Jesus with Antonia Lynn
A five-week course of prayer, reflection and sharing - using the journey to Emmaus as a theme.
Date: 10th Oct, 7th Nov, 28th Nov, 2017 and 16th Jan’18, 13th Feb
Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: £4.00

 

Mental Health Awareness for pastoral ministry - How to take care of my own mental and emotional well-being and how to offer support to others with Mgr Malachy Keegan

This course will describe ways of ensuring mental and emotional well-being for myself and others. The Course will also identify states of mild and of serious disorders. It will offer insights into how these states develop and how they can be handled in order to heal and bring new healthy life. The Course will be of value to anyone who works with people. It will be of special value to anyone who is involved with people suffering trauma and loss. The Course could be described as 'How to be a Wounded Healer'

Date: 18th Oct 2017
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £14.00

Mental Health Awareness for pastoral ministry - How to take care of my own mental and emotional well-being and how to offer support to others with Mgr Malachy Keegan (A repeat)

Date: 21st Oct 2017

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation:£14.00

 

'Mindfulness in Christian Tradition (Practical applications) (2) with Fr Michael Heap 

Date: 4th Nov 2017
Time: 10:30am-3:00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation:£14.00

A Retreat on the Beatitudes - how to follow the Lord with Mgr Malachy Keegan

At the beginning of his public ministry, the Lord gave us a description of the way we are all called to love and to live our lives. In this retreat, we will look at each of the Beatitudes in turn. We will reflect together on how relevant and vitally important the Beatitudes are, as we strive to live happy, peaceful, meaningful lives in a world where often there is confusion, doubt and fear.
Date: 13th Nov, 20th Nov, 27th Nov, 4th Dec 2017
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: £4.00

Faith Formation for Readers with Sr. Karen Marguerite OP
Date: 16th November 2017
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: 4.00. 

Faith Formation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion with Sr Karen Marguerite OP and Sr Anne Walsh OP
Date: Nov 23rd 2017
Time: 7.00pm-8.30pm
Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: 4.00

A workshop on Pope Francis and the Evangelising Mission of the Church with Brian Purfield
This short talk explores some of the key themes of the papacy of Pope Francis, with particular focus on the theme of evangelisation and the Pope’s call for a Church of missionary disciples and a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

Date: 12th December 2017
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: £4.00

Basic Counselling Skills for Pastoral Work with Mgr Malachy Keegan

There are some fundamental, basic ways in which one person can engage skilfully and respectfully with another person. It is hugely valuable and important to know these ways and develop these skills. This seminar will offer a basic introduction to the skills of Pastoral Counselling for everyone involved in parish life. Applying these skills will lead to healthier, happier and more fruitful ways of being and working with other people.

Date: 15th Jan, 22nd Jan 29th Jan and 5th Feb, 2018
This is a 4 session course and participants will be required to attend all 4 sessions. Places are very limited.
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: £16.00

Journey through Lent with Marks’ Gospel with Sr Anne Walsh OP and Sr Karen Marguerite OP
Date: 25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 15th Feb, 8th Mar, 2018
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation:£5.00
 

Faith Formation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Speakers: Sr Karen Marguerite OP and Sr Anne Walsh OPe Walsh OP
Date: Sat 27th Jan 2018
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm (including Mass)
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £14.00
 

'Mindfulness in Christian Tradition (1) with Mgr Malachy Keegan.
This seminar will explain Mindfulness and the great help it gives us in managing our lives well. We will learn how to live in the present moment, without worrying about the future and dwelling in the past. We will learn practical ways of being closer to God, to ourselves and to others.
Date: 27th January 2018
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Venue: Centre for Youth Ministry, 20 Phoenix Road, Euston, London, NW1 1TA. Suggested donation: £14.00

A series of 4 talks on A Biblical Journey through the Mass by Brian Purfield

The Mass is the centre of our faith. We celebrate it every day. We know all the responses and all the gestures. But do we know what it all means? In this short course we will take a tour of the liturgy and explore the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the liturgy and reflect on their profound significance. It is hoped that this will help to renew our faith and deepen our love for and devotion to the Eucharist.

Date: 20th Feb, 1st Mar, 24th Apr, 21st May 2018
Time: 7:00-8:00pm
Venue:Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN
Suggested donation: £4.00

Faith Formation for Readers with Sr. Karen Marguerite OP Marguerite and Sr Anne Walsh OP

Date: Sat 24th Feb 2018
Time: 10:00am -3.00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £14.00

A workshop on Pope Francis and the Evangelising Mission of the Church with Brian Purfield
This short talk explores some of the key themes of the papacy of Pope Francis, with particular focus on the theme of evangelisation and the Pope’s call for a Church of missionary disciples and a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

Date: 26th February 2018
Time: 11:00-1:00pm
Venue:Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £4.00

Pentecostal Retreat with Sr Anne Walsh OP and Sr Karen Marguerite OP
Date: 10th May 2018
Time: 10.00am -3.00 pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation:£14.00

 

Basic Counselling Skills for Pastoral Work with Mgr Malachy Keegan

There are some fundamental, basic ways in which one person can engage skilfully and respectfully with another person. It is hugely valuable and important to know these ways and develop these skills. This seminar will offer a basic introduction to the skills of Pastoral Counselling for everyone involved in parish life. Applying these skills will lead to healthier, happier and more fruitful ways of being and working with other people.

Date: 23rd May, 30th May, 6th Jun, 13th Jun, 2018
This is a 4 session course and participants will be required to attend all 4 sessions. Places are very limited.
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Venue: Niland Conference Centre, 93 Elstree Rd, Bushey WD23 4EE. Suggested donation: £5.00