Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation

Leading for Mission: Faith and Formation in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

The diocese, in partnership with the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) will be offering the Graduate Certificate in Mission and Culture (GCMC) in 2020. This innovative and integrated formation and education program is designed specifically to support the leadership development needs of the diocese. 

The GCMC was conceived for professionals in Catholic institutions and related agencies who wish to enhance their understanding of the Christian and Catholic context in which they exercise leadership.

The course provides participants with the necessary higher level skill-sets to think theologically around their organisational leadership practices and to develop skills in the promotion of a Christian and specifically Catholic culture.

To learn more about the Graduate certificate in Mission and Culture, Information Sessions will be held on October 24 in the Toohey Room

There will be an official launch of this partnership on November 12.The launch will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral and will be followed by a soiree of nibbles, drinks and conversations at Cathedral House.

Call of all the Baptised

We belong to a living Catholic Christian tradition, continually invited into a dynamic interaction between the gospel and the issues of our time. Every diocese and parish is called to resource communities and all the baptized to engage in learning across the life cycle.

Helpful adult learning is not ‘instructional’. It begins by taking life experience seriously, then offering a reflective lens into current sound scholarship about matters of faith – ideally enabling us to move forward in hope

All formation is mission-focussed. We share the responsibility to continue learning – both for our own personal growth in faith, and in order to be able to respond with others to the promptings of God’s Holy Spirit.

Much diocesan Adult Faith Formation has been generously offered since 1993, in diverse forms, by the Sisters of St Joseph, from their Lochinvar Tenison Woods Education Centre.

Formally returned to the Diocese in 2017, the ministry of Adult Faith Formation henceforth retains and honours this founding spirit as:

TENISON WOODS EDUCATION COMMUNITY... Spirituality, Formation, Mission

An Adult Faith Formation Council coordinates and supports this ministry, recommending appropriate courses and responses.

The Formation and Education Office acts as secretariat to the Council, supporting its role. It is proactive in parish consultation, course management and provision of helpful events.

Contact the Office to discuss parish formation requirements, course details, spirituality opportunities, scheduled events and speakers.