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 Adult Faith Formation

The organizing principle, which gives coherence to the various catechetical programmes offered by a particular Church, is attention to adult catechesis. This is the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age.

-- General Directory for Catechesis, 275

Adult catechesis [is] the chief form of catechesis. Because of its importance and because all other forms of catechesis are oriented in some way to it, the catechesis of adults must have high priority at all levels of the Church.

-- NCD: Sharing the Light of Faith,​ 18


Find literature, evangelization programs, church documents, electronic resources, best practice and other resources on the new Adult Faith Formation Resource Center. 


 Adult Faith Formation Specialization

This training is ideal for anyone who works with adults and young adults in parish ministries such as

  • Bible study
  • RCIA​
  • Adult catechesis
  • Faith sharing groups
  • Marriage preparation
  • Baptismal preparation
  • Young adult ministry​​
  • Adult confirmation
  • Family ministries
  • Religious education

This training satisfies the requirements of the specialization phase of basic formation leading toward certification as a catechist in California.

Regional Congresses

These annual, one day events, are offered in the fall in each of the five pastoral regions and offer many workshops and resources for those in ministry to adults. 

Religious Education Congress

This event is the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the world, with over 40,000 attendees from all corners of the globe.  There are over 300 workshops on a variety of topics of interest to those in ministry or seeking personal enrichment of their faith, presented by leading experts in ministry, theology, education, and more.  In addition, hundreds of exhibitors present the latest resources available.  Everyone in ministry should plan to attend.

Opportunities Sponsored b​y the Office of Religious Education

Catholic Bible Institute​

The Catholic Bible Institute is three-year bible-study program which entails a comprehensive study of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures focusing on methods of study, sharing and praying with Scripture. It is designed to prepare adults for leadership in parish bible study.

Annual Silent Directed Retreat​​

This holistic retreat offers an experience of rest, silence and prayer in the company of other members of God's people. Participants are encouraged to avail of the opportunity to meet with one of the Directors for personal sharing and guidance. The retreat, designed for adults in parish ministry, usually takes place toward the end of June. Click on the Retreat for Adult Ministers link at the top right of this page for more information. 

Ministry Formation: Basic and Advanced

The Office of Religious Education sponsors and coordinates ministry formation centers on a regional basis. originally designed to facilitate the formation process for catechist formation, these centers systematically and comprehensively introduce adults to the broad teaching tradition of the Church. 

Distance / Online Learning at the University of Dayton 

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in partnership with the University of Dayton, offers an opportunity to participate in an e-learning initiative. A wide variety of courses and seminars are available throughout the course of the year, enabling participants to deepen their understanding of their faith, and to learn more about their religious background and church teaching.

Center for Religion & Spirituality - Loyola Marymount University

Another opportunity in Los Angeles is the Center for Religion and Spirituality at LMU, which offers a variety of courses, workshops, conferences and special events designed for the professional development, religious education, and/or personal enrichmentof the diverse peoples and ministers. 

Adult Faith Formation - Skills training


This skills training for ministry with adults satisfies the requirements of the “Specialization” Phase of the California Catechist Certification process. Topics include:

  • Adult Faith Development
  • AFF – Vision & Rationale
  • Adults: A different reality
  • Organizing for AFF
  • Planning for AFF
  • Approaches to AFF
  • Resources for AFF


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