Home / Resources / Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation

Those who are already disciples of Jesus Christ. ..[need] to be constantly nourished by the word of God so that they may grow in their Christian life. Such lifelong formation is always needed and must be a priority in the Church's catechetical ministry.


Please note: the office of Adult Faith Formation has moved.  The office is now directed by Daniel Frascella, Ph.D.  His contact information is:

Office of Adult Faith Formation
Archdiocese of New York, 20th Floor
1011 First Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Adult Media Library: Audio-visual resources are available for loan through the Regional Catechetical Office for Southern Westchester at 56 Dunston Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10701, (914) 965-0490. The Adult Media Library Catalogue details what what materials are available.

Internet Links BlankHandout and Articles BlankRecommended Reading

Internet Links:

Follow Link --->Adult Catechesis in the Christian Community: principles and guidelines of Adult Catechesis by the International Council for Catechesis.

Follow Link --->Catholic Faith Inventory: an instrument to help you understand your experience of faith.

Follow Link ---> Faith Formation Learning Exchange: a website and service designed to give online access to current research, effective practices, and models in faith formation with age groups, families, and all of the generations in a church.

Follow Link --->LifeLongFaith.Com: building a network of congregations committed to providing lifelong faith formation for all ages and generations.

Follow Link ---> Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Follow Link ---> The Pastoral Center: a resource of 23rd Publications provides parish leaders with resources for all levels of parish catechetical ministry.

Top of Page

Handouts and Articles:

This is a PDF documentParish Planning Resource for Adult Faith Formation: a one page handout summarizing the main points from Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us and what qualities a good Adult Faith Formation team possesses.

This is a PDF document

Seven Steps for a Successful Adult Faith Formation Effort: one page handout that describes what a parish can do to have a successful Adult Faith Formation event.

This is a PDF document Six Dimensions of Adult Faith Formation: Content for Parish Programming from (Our Hearts were Burning, 88-96).

This is a PDF document

Three Major Goals of Adult Faith Formation: one page handout that describes the three goals; included 10 questions to help evaluate parish Adult Faith Formation.

This is a PDF document Adult Life Stages: a one page chart describing the challenges of each stage of adult life.

This is a PDF document Research on Catholic Generations: an article that describes the four generations of adult American Catholics. 

This is a PDF document Young Adults: Opportunities and Challenges: an article describing the development and faith growth of young adults.

This is a PDF document Maturing Adults: Sixteen Fundamental Tasks: an article presenting a framework for the ongoing faith formation needs of maturing adults.

This is a PDF document Best Practices for Adult Faith Formation: this article will help you assess your current efforts and plans for strengthening and expanding faith formation with adults in your parish.

This is a PDF document Best Practices for Young Adult Faith Formation: this article will help you assess your current efforts and plans for strengthening and expanding faith formation with young adults in your parish.

Top of Page

 Recommended Reading:

Book Our Hearts Were Buring

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us

The official pastoral plan for adult faith formation in the United States. Adult faith formation is "at the heart of our catechetical vision and practice," according to this bishops' pastoral, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us. Goals, qualities and approaches to faith formation are all addressed in this handy manual.

Order Online

Catechism for Adults

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

Each chapter in the Catechism for Adults includes stories, doctrine, reflection, quotations, discussion questions, and prayer to lead the reader to a deepening faith. The Catechism for Adults is an excellent resource for preparation of catechumens in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and for ongoing catechesis of adults.

Order Online

Nurturing Adult Faith

Nurturing Adult Faith: A Manual for Parish Leaders
Looking for an excellent resource to help you to enrich adult faith formation in your parish? Nurturing Adult Faith is a handbook that provides theoretical models, practical helps and essential information for getting your programs up and running. A practical resource for making the U.S. bishops' pastoral plan, Our Heart's Were Burning Within Us, a reality in your parish.

Order Online

Practical Guide AFF

A Practical Guide for Starting an Adult Faith Formation Program

by Richard C. Brown

Provides Roman Catholic dioceses and their parishes with a simple, practical, step-by-step way to implement the U.S. bishop’s vision, learn to develop their own vision, organize teams, publicize their ministry, recruit volunteers, and match their unique talents with the needs of their church.

Order Online

Book: A Concise Guide to AFF

A Concise Guide to Adult Faith Formation

by Neil Parent

This book addresses the reality that adult faith formation must keep up with the times and offers some practical suggestions on how to do it. This is exciting because there are so many ways to "do" adult faith formation today, in addition to offering programs for people ot come to us in the parish or diocesan facility. We need to explore all of them; we need to be where people are.

Order Online 

Top of Page