The Bishops of the United States have reaffirmed the following reality: "Lifelong catechesis is absolutely necessary for the Christian Formation of the faithful (USCCB, National Directory for Catechesis 3). Each of us can reflect on this for our own personal lives: How do I actively seek to be formed through ongoing catechesis? For us as Catholics, this really isn't an option. And the reason is because the goal of all catechesis is to be drawn into deeper communion with Jesus Christ (cf. St. John Paul II, Catechesi Tradendae 5). Only Jesus can lead us to our Father in heaven (cf. John 14:6).
Please reflect on the following statement from the Congregation for the Clergy in 1971: "catechesis for adults, since it deals with persons who are capable of an adherence that is fully responsible, must be considered the chief form of catechesis. All the other forms, which are indeed always necessary, are in some way oriented to it" (General Catechetical Directory 20, emphasis added).
In life and in our faith we are all life-long learners. Without on-going education, formation and prayer our path to holiness is difficult and unsteady. Promise to nurture your intellect and your soul with readings that educate and inspire you.
"Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2654).
Are you interested in expanding your knowledge of the Catholic Faith? Our online Faith Formation Classes are enriching and convenient. Throughout the year we sponsor several online courses covering the major aspects of our Faith.
Please let us know if you would like help forming a book study at your parish. We can also visit your parish to lead a book study.
Individual parishes offer opportunities for Bible Study throughout the diocese. This information is available by visiting a parish's website or by calling a parish directly to inquire if Bible Study is being offered.
Interested in Becoming Catholic?
If you are interested in becoming Catholic or you a Catholic adult who is looking to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation, the Rite of Christian Initiation may be for you.
Catholic Education Resource Center
This educational resource offers many topics written by authors who have their finger on the pulse of Church, culture, politics and everything in between. Engage your intellect through faith and reason!