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Adult Formation

The Adult Community includes men and women who come together to share with each other, grow in their faith, find fellowship, and serve others. We build community by organizing a variety of social, spiritual and service events throughout the year. Whether single, married, discerning, widowed, divorced, with or without children – everyone can find a home in our community.

The Women’s Ministry at St. Francis offers the women of the parish a place where they can deepen their relationship with God through prayer and reflection at retreats and spiritual events. We also experience the living Christ in fellowship with one another through social events and community service. The group hosts events monthly, some of which include: Yoga & Breakfast, retreats, art experiences, interactive prayer services, and social gatherings. Bible study and book opportunities are available weekly.


Jess Kelly and Kathryn Noblitt


The Men’s Prayer Breakfast meets in person in the Community Center, Padua Room every 1st and 3rd Mondays from 8 to 9 am. The meetings provide a way for men to come together for fellowship. For discussions, we select a book that deals with faith and life issues. See Men’s Prayer Breakfast on Realm for meeting details. Go to Realm: Groups: Find Groups: Men’s Prayer Breakfast or contact Deacon Steve at 732-213-0104 |

Contact: Deacon Steve Andrews | 732-213-0104

The Assisi Scripture Study program was founded in 2003 by Rich Zemonek, MPS and Deacon Pat McIlmoyle (Our Lady of the Rosary, Louisburg). Rich and Pat were passionate about the need for quality bible study true to Catholic biblical teachings, practical and applicable to everyday life and reflected Franciscan charism and spirituality. The courses cater to all levels of understanding, those new to scripture study to a more advanced understanding. The study currently utilizes two Catholic biblical study programs from Ascension Press and Little Rock Scripture Study (newly updated materials).

Scripture study courses offered throughout the year both during the day and in the evening by knowledgeable facilitators trained to make the study meaningful, informative, non-stressful and enjoyable. Courses typically range from 5 to 15 weeks, give or take, once a week for an hour and a half. Participants can either attend in-person at St. Francis or online via Zoom.

Registration completed through Realm. Individuals purchase their own materials through Amazon or directly through Liturgical Press.

Contact Janie Hebert for information and timeline for the next Assisi Scripture Study.

VIRTUAL Adult Co-ed Bible Study is held on Zoom and is scheduled throughout the year on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings using materials authored and published by Little Rock Scripture Study

We complete three studies per year held during September through November; January through March and May through June. Each study is approximately 7-10 weeks in length for 1.5 hours per session.

The trained co-facilitators of these studies are volunteers from our parish who have participated previously in Little Rock Scripture Studies. Facilitators encourage study participants to engage in judgment-free discussions and ensure discussions remain on topic and on time. Links to Zoom and the study materials are provided before each session by the facilitators. Each session also has a video wrap-up lecture presented by nationally known religious educators and theologians, clergy, and laity, from all over the country who specialize in the subject. Study discussions are comprehensive and enlightening.  Each session closes with participants’ prayer intentions and The Lord’s Prayer. 

Participants register through Realm and purchase materials directly from Amazon or Liturgical Press.

Co-Facilitators of the group, who are also active learners in the group, are Cindy Cardello,,

Barbara Efird, and

Diane Rosendahl,

Watch the bulletin for registration instructions and dates of studies. The plan for the next studies is as follows:


DATES Tues/Wed

Women in Old Testament Parts I and II

Sept. 10/11 – Nov. 12/13 2024

Gospel of John Part I

Jan. 21/22 – Feb. 25/26  2025

Gospel of John Part II

May 13/14 – June 24/25 2025





The forum meets to discuss books, to ask questions, and to support one another in our mutual discovery and appreciation of our common home. We affirm with Pope Francis in Laudato Si that the mystery of nature reveals the divine, that the Spirit is active in creation, that each creature has its own purpose, and that the universe unfolds in God who fills it completely. We meet every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 pm.

Leaders: Stephen Andrews, Ronald Monti

Are you a curious Catholic? To learn more about our faith, be sure to visit the ‘To Know, To Believe, To Live‘ area of our website.