Adult Faith Formation
Pope Francis calls us to set aside bland and “watered down” approaches to faith formation, and lead people to see the captivating beauty and awe-inspiring love of God made visible in Jesus Christ. This requires that faith formation be multi-dimensional: at once doctrinal, spiritual, and pastoral.
Catholic doctrine is meant to enlighten, inspire and shape our lives, so that we may become credible witnesses to Jesus in the world. Faith formation also needs to be multi-generational, for the journey of faith is lifelong. Of special importance is the formation of parents as the primary catechists of their children. We need to support and equip parents to pass on the faith by word and example.
We sponsor and publicize programs and events to provide opportunities for continuing formation in the Diocese of Oakland. Continuing formation is offered through these programs:
The Serra Catechetical Institute (SCI) is a formation process for parish and Catholic school catechists, parents, and all adults who want to know their Catholic faith better and share it more effectively. Participants receive 60 hours of catechetical formation in various locations throughout the diocese. For information in Spanish, click here.
Master Catechist Program is for students, who have thouroughly studied the foundations of faith, and want to pursue Master Catechist status. These students will receive specialized instruction in Catechetical Principles and Methodology and Evangelization and Catechesis.