Adult Faith Formation

The Office of Faith Formation, in cooperation with parishes throughout our great Diocese, offers various opportunities for adults of all ages and situations to come to know and grow in their faith. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact the Department of Adult Faith Formation at 718-965-7300, ext. 2440. Hablamos Espanol.

Adult faith formation invites the adult Catholic to deepen their conversion to the Lord, actively participate in the life of the Church, and accept their rightful place in the Church’s mission to evangelize. A comprehensive program of adult faith formation includes a study of:

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Tradition
  • The Creed
  • Personal and Communal Prayer
  • The Sacraments
  • The Ten Commandments and the Eight Beatitudes
  • Catholic spirituality
  • Morality
  • The Church’s social teachings
  • The structure and authority of the Church
  • Church history
  • Marriage and family life; single life
  • Vocations
  • The ecumenical movement and interreligious dialogue
  • The nature of lay ministry.

The needs of Catholic adults, in fact, all adults, are many and varied; age, background, culture, personal experience, and previous formation to list just a few. To meet the individual’s particular needs, there are many methods and settings that can be employed — Scripture reading and study, retreats and other prayer experiences, family or home-centered experiences, ecumenical dialogue, small and large group experiences, individual reading and study use of technology and media, homily at Mass or other liturgy, and adults learning from one another.