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the catholic community of st. francis of assisi
Continuing Education: Adult Formation
As Catholics, formation in the faith is not just for the ‘pre-confirmation’ crowd of children, those being formed at home, in Catholic schools, in faith/youth formation, and adults in RCIA. Our faith is a continual process of building understanding and deepening those beliefs. Monsignor Clay points out, “Formation in faith occurs on many levels. First, we are formed in our faith through our liturgical worship. The worship experience provides us with a direct encounter with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Second, we are formed in our faith through instruction, from toddlers to senior citizens. While we understandably tend to focus on the faith formation of our children and youth, 2300 adults participated in some type of formation last year at St. Francis, a sign of a healthy parish. Third, our formation comes through our service. It’s where we put our beliefs into practice and continue to grow in understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.”
Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Berry
Lauren Berry is a ‘new, old member’ of the Catholic faith. Born and raised Catholic, she was ‘reintroduced’ to the faith when she entered RCIA before her marriage to reconnect with Catholicism. Part of that drive to reunite was through her relationship with Glenn and Ellen Kort, parishioners at St. Francis who have known her since she was a teenager. “They were mentors that I considered ‘the epitome of Catholicism,’’’ she says. In her mind, they not only spoke the faith but lived it. ”They were who I would want to be as a faithful human being.” After hearing about St. Francis, she loved how RCIA here gave her formation at an adult level and a way to connect with other ministries.