Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation includes courses, retreats, and book studies. Please see an overview of offerings below. You can find more information by clicking on specific heading links in the side menu.

Courses:

Spirituality of the 12 Steps

This course is a spiritual journey through the 12 Steps to help you grow in your relationship and intimacy with God through Christ Jesus. It will introduce you to the spirituality of the 12 Steps through the integration of Sacred Scripture and aspects of Ignatian Spirituality to enrich your journey along the Spiritual 12 Steps.

When: Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 7:00pm, beginning September, 8, 2022 and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.

Where: Cardinal Newman Hall, Room 103, St. Paul Catholic Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno CA 93710

To Register or for more information: Email John Prandini, Director of Ministries at prandinij@csufnewman.com

Scripture Study Courses

You will find Scripture Study courses within our Faith, Family & Friends Religious Education & Faith Formation Program.

Faith, Family & Friends is the Newman Center's innovative approach to religious education for all ages. It is adult-oriented, family-centered religious education and faith formation for our whole parish community. It offers faith formation for children, individual adults, couples, and families. Members of our parish become better acquainted and become better-educated Catholics and lifelong learners of the faith. Adults have their choice of educational offerings in the topic areas of Scripture, Catholic Faith, and Family Life (Relationships/Parenting).

The Adult Religious Education and Faith Formation portion of FF&F for fall semester 2022 will be held in the Main Building beginning Sept. 13, 2022, 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Program topic: Breaking Open the Sunday Scripture Readings - Reflection & Discussion.

Registration forms can be found at the Reception Desk. 

Catholic Faith Topic Courses

You will find Catholic Faith Topic courses within our Faith, Family & Friends Religious Education & Faith Formation Program.

Faith, Family & Friends is the Newman Center's innovative approach to religious education for all ages. It is adult-oriented, family-centered religious education and faith formation for our whole parish community. It offers faith formation for children, individual adults, couples, and families. Members of our parish become better acquainted and become better-educated Catholics and lifelong learners of the faith. Adults have their choice of educational offerings in the topic areas of Scripture, Catholic Faith, and Family Life (Relationships/Parenting).

The Adult Religious Education and Faith Formation portion of FF&F for fall semester 2022 will be held in the Main Building  beginning Sept. 13, 2022, 6:00 - 7:00 pm.

Program topic: Catholic Social Teachings & Action by facilitated Jim Grant.

Registration forms can be found at the Reception Desk. 

Book Study

The Universal Christ:

How a forgotten reality can change everything we see, hope for and believe. 

By Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM.

When: This book study begins on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 12 noon - 1:00 pm, and will continue on Wednesdays for 10 sessions through October 26, 2022.

Where: Newman Center Cafeteria, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno, CA 93710

To Register: Please contact John Prandini at prandinij@csufnewman.com.

Please purchase the book in advance and read the Introduction: "Before We Begin."

Facilitated by: John Prandini, M.A., Director of Ministries

Registration Deadline: Aug. 22, 2022

No fee                        

Bring your lunch and a friend! 

Online & In-Person Retreat Options:

Ignatian Retreat for Busy People

Join us in this spiritually invigorating 34-week Ignatian Spirituality Retreat specifically designed for busy people. Experience your relationship with God coming alive in the midst of everyday life and discover a freedom and peace too often out of reach in the modern world. This can be a self-directed online retreat or you can choose to meet with others to enrich your experience in a supportive group setting to share your insights gained each week.

The Retreat begins with an in-person orientation on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 5:30 - 6:30pm in the Newman Center Community Room.

Each Sunday thereafter, you will be provided with an online link to the week's retreat materials. This information will include a Guide for the Journey, Brief Readings and Prayers, and Practical Help (it takes only 10 - 20 minutes to read or listen to the weekly materials).  

The intent is for you to read or listen to the weekly material which creates in you a backdrop of themes, reflections, questions, and desires as a background focus in the midst of your daily life. The Guide will help you with suggestions for prayer throughout the week, for identifying what it is you desire from God, and some ways to let yourself be open to receiving those graces. The most important thing to remember is that God doesn't need much of an opening to bless you richly.

You will learn to find greater focus and to let one week build upon another. It really works. Any busy person can do this retreat in the background of a very full life.  And, BEST OF ALL, you'll be doing this in the midst of your busy everyday life - in fact, this retreat will help your daily life have more meaning. 

The materials will be available online or will be provided in hard copies if you prefer. You will have the opportunity to meet weekly as a group on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:30pm to share your reflections on the week's materials and how God is present and acting in the ordinary moments of your life. These weekly gatherings will enrich your spiritual journey as we travel together in faith to transform our lives to conform more fully with that of Christ Jesus.

The retreat will incorporate St. Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises and correspond with the Church's Liturgical Year's scripture readings and themes. This retreat format was created by the Collaborative Ministry Office at Creighton University and is part of the Online Ministries website: www.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/onlie.html.

Retreat Fee: A $20 materials fee is requested for retreat materials.

To Register or for information: Email John Prandini at prandinij@csufnewman.com.

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him, and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.”   St. Ignatius of Loyola 

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