Adult Faith Formation Newsletter
An initiative of the Adult Faith Formation Council: one of the diocesan councils designed to both implement the Pastoral Plan and advise about future directions.
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The Joy of Love, Amoris Laetitia
Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family, entitled 'Amoris Laetitia', or The Joy of Love, is available online or in book format.
Helpful reflection resources include:
The Joy of the Gospel, Evangelii Gaudium
All are encouraged to read Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter The Joy of the Gospel. It can be purchased on line or in Religious bookshops, or it can be down loaded from the Vatican website.
There are many resources available to assist with reflection on this document. The following may be helpful.
- The Diocese of Broken Bay has developed a Pastoral Resource which identifies seven challenges found in the document.
- The Diocese of Brisbane also has resources on their website. The audio files by Fr. John Chalmers may be of particular interest.
On Care For Our Common Home, Laudato Si
Pope Francis' encyclical on the global environment 'Laudato Si' can be viewed in full via our diocesan news item which also provides a selection of pastoral resources for reflection and discussion.
Stirring Hearts is a website developed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is a response to a need identified by Pope Francis in his World Communications Day Message (June 1 2014): 'we need a Church capable of bringing warmth and of stirring hearts.' The site includes videos of local people's stories with discussion questions. There is much to inspire and challenge in each story.
The Morpeth Lecture
The Morpeth Lecture was established in 1967 to celebrate the partnership between the University of Newcastle and the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. The 2015 lecture was delivered by Professor George J. Brooke's. It was entitled "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Authority of the Bible". The lecture is now available to listen to online.
The Dilley Library is a theological library physically located at St Joseph's Convent Lochinvar. It has an online presence as a branch of the Bertrand Library at St Joseph's College, Lochinvar. Access to the library is via the above link. Register as a new user to enable resource borrowing by clicking the 'Register' button at the top-right of the screen, under the college crest.
The Wollongong Diocese has produced a new resource entitled Faith Circles focused on weekly small group catechesis with Pope Francis. This resource is available on their website.
The Tension Woods Education Centre recently purchased a number of the CaFE resources. These are available for borrowing.
The Brisbane Archdiocese publishes an excellent Adult Faith E-news called Christalis. It contains a feast of thought provoking resources for those working, or interested in, Adult Faith Formation. You can subscribe to Christalis or view past issues here.
Brisbane has also produced a series of short and informative videos. These bite-sized presentations are a good resource for adult faith formation. They aim at a general audience; parishioner, catechumen or a member of the public. Click here for the introductory page. The list of videos appears to the left of the page.
The Institute of Faith Education seeks to provide Christian Faith Education and Development principally through courses in the traditions, teachings and spirituality of the Catholic Church.
Aquinas Academy in the centre of Sydney, offers a variety of adult faith education courses that might interest people able to travel to Sydney.
The Centre for Christian Spirituality in Randwick offers a range of online resources and faith formation opportunities at their Centre as well as weekly, online reflections on the Sunday Gospel.
Eualie O'Keefe is available to run a variety of retreat and reflection days.
Those who find movies a rich source for reflection will find some good Lenten viewing suggestions in an article from the National Catholic Reporter.
Word on Fire provides a wide range of formation resources.
Ministry Hub provides a range of resources including an e-newsletter.
Resources from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Catholic Theological Union provides an array of free learning resources on their website http://learn.ctu.edu/
These include recordings of presentation by leading theologians in the United States. An excellent example is the 2014 Spring Lecture series by Rev. Donald Senior, CP: The Gospel According to Matthew http://learn.ctu.edu/gospel-matthew
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