Adult Formation

What do we mean by adult formation?

People are approached in liberty by God who calls everyone to grow, develop and bear fruit.  A person cannot put off a response nor cast off personal responsibility in the matter... In this dialogue between God who offers his gifts, and the person who is called to exercise responsibility, there comes the possibility, indeed the necessity, of a total and ongoing formation of the lay faithful.

Christian formation is "a continual process in the individual of maturation in faith and a likening to Christ, according to the will of the Father, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit." [Christifideles Laici (On the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful) by Pope John Paul II]

Is it possible to practise my faith at the weekend and live 'normally' though the week?

"There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called 'spiritual' life, with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called 'secular' life, in a family, at work, in social relationships, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture.  The branch, engrafted to the vine which is Christ, bears its fruit in every sphere of existence and activity... Every activity, every situation, every precise responsibility - as, for example, skill and solidarity in work, love and dedication in the family and the education of children, service to society and public life and the promotion of truth in the area of culture - are the occasions for a 'continuous exercise of faith, hope and charity'."     [Christifideles Laici (On the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful) by Pope John Paul II]

How does the Centre for Catholic Formation serve Adult Formation?

The CCF, for over forty years, has held talks, courses and events to serve the ongoing formation of the lay people in the Archdiocese of Southwark.  The Office for the Ongoing Formation of Priests works closely with the CCF to both nourish the faith life of our priest and help them in their task to guide the people in their pastoral care.

A vitally important part of this work is raising awareness of disability.  God does not discriminate, indeed all are of equal value in the eyes of God and all deserve the very best that we can offer.

The Centre also offers the Catholic Certificate for Religious Studies (CCRS), an introduction to the central teaching and beliefs of the Catholic tradition.  If you would like to find out more or register please visit CCRS

For more information on adult formation generally or advice on disability specifically please contact-us.

The CCF is able to provide a wide range of courses to parishes and deaneries, on request. These include:

  • Deanery Catechists Course
  • Exploring Discipleship and Mission
  • Time for Reflection and Prayer
  • Ongoing Formation with Parish Readers
  • Ongoing Formation with Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
  • Partnership in Ministry (e.g. Parish Councils, Parish Teams)
  • Developing and Supporting RCIA Teams
  • Support for Liturgy of the Word with Children
  • Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Life and Mission of the Church
  • Support with Parish Disability Access Audits
  • Ways to dialogue with people of Other Faiths
  • Disability Awareness in Schools and Parishes
  • Preparing the Parish for the New Translation of the Missal