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Welcome to the Agency for Evangelisation’s Adult Faith Formation pages.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Evangelisation Resource Sheet: Archdiocese of Westminster INTERESTED IN HAVING A PARISH MISSION?

You may consider contacting one of the following:

Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism “Using a collaborative model, we work in partnership with the parish during the mission process, enabling parishioners to discover and use their God-given gifts and abilities in the service of others. We develop and foster the community dimension of parish life and urge parishes to be outward looking, particularly through welcome, openness and service. We seek to be open and sensitive to the particular needs of individual parish communities.”For more infomration click here

Catholic Evangelisation Services (CaFE) “The CaFE team led by David Payne offer and will run a variety of parish and deanery events around the country and beyond. These can be designed to fit the specific needs of a parish or group and can be either a single CaFE evening, a retreat day, or a 3 or 5 day mission. Please call for more details.”  For more infomration click here 

Redemptorists “In June of 1843 three Redemptorists, two priests and one brother, arrived in Cornwall from Belgium to found a mission, of the three only one of them could speak English. Despite obvious difficulties the Redemptorists proved themselves to be excellent preachers.” Their mission continues today across the UK expressed through a breadth of works, including leading parish missions. For more infomration click here  

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal The Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal was begun in 1987 by eight Capuchin friars desiring to work more definitively for personal and communal reform within the Catholic Church. The life and apostolate of the friars are rooted in the ideals and spirit of the Capuchin reform born in the early 16th century. They lead retreats and missions across the world. They have two Friaries in the England: http://franciscanfriars.com/cfrfriaries/

Dominican Sisters of St Joseph. 

For more information click here

New Movements A number of new Catholic movements in the UK lead and organise mission experiences. For a listing of those communities please click here 

 

PARISH EVANGELISATION TEAMS

Welcome to Witness: Becoming an Evangelising Parish By Fr Paul Cannon & Sharon Beech

“This book grew out of the work which the authors do as the Department for Evangelisation in Salford Diocese, nationally, and the practical experience of working in a parish in the Salford Diocese. It is designed as a hands-on support to priests, catechists and parishioners.”

Crossing the Threshold This parish-based pilot project of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, run in partnership with Nottingham Diocese, explored how best parishes in England and Wales might be supported to plan and initiate local evangelisation, with a specific focus on ministry and outreach to non-churchgoing Catholics. Read the project report for practical ideas and an insight into how to go about running and sustaining a parish evangelisation team. For more infomration click here 

Also see the e-manual here 

Proclaim Resources Watch this film about how to create a parish evangelisation team, which was delivered at the Proclaim ’15 Conference in Birmingham in July 2015. Click here 

Evangelisation Strategy Teams (Portsmouth Diocese)

Click here 

Formation Guidelines for a Parish Evangelisation Team

For this resource click here

Archdiocese of Philadelphia: A “How to” Manual for Evangelization Teams

For this resource click here

Archdiocese of Philadelphia: Evangelisation Teams

For this resource click here 

Getting a grip on parish evangelisation

For this resource click here 

 A Review of the Best Evangelization Methods and Resources Available for Parish Outreach Efforts (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the United States of America)

For this resource click here 

 

ECUMENICAL RESOURCE

HOPE Hope is based on a few simple principles:

  • demonstrating God’s love as local churches work together, meeting needs in our communities
  •  continuing to love and serve people whatever they choose to believe
  •  inviting people to go further in their spiritual journey by sharing the gospel with words in culturally relevant ways
  • giving people opportunities to respond to the gospel, then connecting people who do respond into church life

 For this resource click here

 

EXAMPLES OF PARISH EVANGELISATION TEAMS

St. Peter Apostle Catholic Church, Leamington Spa

For this click here 

Evangelisation Welcome Team (Washington, USA)

For this click here

Collated by the Home Mission Desk, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales – Secretariat www.catholicnews.org.uk 2016

 

 

 

Faith Formation for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

and Faith formation for Readers

Audio and PowerPoint presentations will be available shortly

If you are looking for good speakers and facilitators for this training, please contact our team at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk and we will provide you with contact details.

 

 

Adult Formation Summary

 

Pope John Paul II wrote that the 'formation and enrichment' of all members of the Church will enable 'the proclamation of Christ to reach people, mould communities, and have a deep and incisive influence in bringing Gospel values to bear in society and culture.'

Contact us

Ausra Karaliute

Ausra Karaliute STL

ausrakaraliute@rcdow.org.uk

Tel: 020 7931 6078