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Ministries Calendar Event Details

Meeting Adults Where They Are: Workshop for Those Assisting Adults On Their Faith Journey

Thursday, April 7, 2016 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location(s): St. Monica Family Center, 9933 Midway Road, Dallas, 75220

Parish staff and volunteers involved in family life ministry, adult faith formation, and children or youth faith formation 

  • Are you trying to attract more parishioners to participate in adult faith formation?
  • Would you like ways to engage parents in faith formation of their children?
  • Do you want to help adults become intentional disciples?
  • Have you wondered if current faith formation is effective?

We are reminded by US Bishops to “position adult faith formation at the heart of our catechetical vision and practice.”1  Yet, it can be a challenge to get adults involved in what is happening at the parish!  Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP, a recognized expert in this topic, will help workshop participants understand the dynamics involved in working with adults, develop an approach to assess needs of adults, and creatively enhance adult faith formation.   1Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, no. 6

Cost:         Free.  Sponsored by the Diocese of Dallas and RCL Benziger.  Registration is now closed.  

Hospitality: Available beginning at 8:30 AM.  Lunch will be provided. Map

Presenter:  Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP

A facilitator of days of reflection/retreats, parish missions, workshops/presentations, author, university teacher, and facilitator of online classes for the University of Dayton and Boston College, Janet Schaeffler, OP continues the ministry she was involved in for many years in parishes and as Director for Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Janet created and publishes GEMS - a monthly newsletter from an ongoing international best practices study on adult faith formation

Three of her most recent books are The Spirituality of the Catechist and The Creed: Understanding and Sharing What We Believe and a contributor to The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation. Her book Deepening Faith: Adult Faith Formation in the Parish will be published later this year.

In April 2010 Janet received the Distinguished Service Award in Catechetics from NCCL (National Conference for Catechetical Leadership). Janet has been named as one of the people who have made a "significant contribution" to the field of Christian religious education in the North American context by the "Christian Educators of the 20th Century Project,” Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA (


Catechetical Credit:  This event grants 5 credit hours in 712 Approved Methodology / Skills Elective in the Continuing Catechetical Formation Plan.

Registration is now closed.

Questions? Please contact Donna Chesshir at 214-379-2849 or