Nurturing our growth in faith is at the core of this ministry.  Bible studies, book studies, spiritual enrichment groups, lectures, monthly gatherings for women and men, and Advent and Lenten programs offer the opportunity to share and reflect upon our faith. Adult faith enrichment is a multi-faceted, learning and living experience for Catholics that meshes education, spiritual growth, and the active practice of faith. Our Adult Faith Enrichment Ministry also offers a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.

Please check below for information on current, upcoming, and past Adult Faith Enrichment offerings and resources.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Kelly Meraw, Director of Collaborative Pastoral Care.

Adult Faith Enrichment: News and Events

Taizé Prayer Service with Opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation – Wednesday March 29 at 7:00pm at St. John

Taizé is an ecumenical monastic order in Burgundy, France, with a strong devotion to peace and reconciliation through prayer, meditation, and song. Taizé welcomes young people from around the world to live and pray among the brothers, hosting up to 3,000 people during Lent and Easter. The repetitive sung simple ...
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Fourth Week of Lent: The Fifth Word – “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, ...
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“Ukraine: War, Morality, and Religion” – A Lenten Lecture with Fr. Bryan Hehir on Monday, March 27 at 7:30pm at St. John Powers Hall

(Please note the new date - Monday, March 27.) Please join us Monday evening, March 27 for this important lecture with Fr. Bryan Hehir on the current situation in Ukraine. This lecture is especially timely in light of our Lenten Gift supporting City of Goodness in their work to shelter ...
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NEW DATE: Tuesday, March 21 – Evening for Women: “Stations of the Cross through Mary’s Eyes” at St. John

All women of the Collaborative are cordially invited to a Lenten program on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00pm at St. John the Evangelist Church. Our program will begin in the Upper Church, where we will walk the Stations of the Cross through Mary’s eyes. Following the Stations, Kelly Meraw will ...
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Third Week of Lent: The Fourth Word – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 Seeing the suffering Jesus and hearing how he prayed helps us to pray our way through our own sufferings. We realize again ...
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“What Vibrant Parishes Do” – A Panel Discussion with Fr. Jim Laughlin at Boston College on March 13

All are cordially invited to The Church in the 21st Century (C21) Center at Boston College for a panel discussion featuring our own Fr. Jim Laughlin. What Vibrant Parishes Do Monday, March 13 at 6:00pm Boston College - Main Campus Gasson Hall (Room 100) To register for this event click ...
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Second Week of Lent: The Third Word – “Woman, here is your son. Here is your mother.”

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. John 19:26,27 Of all ...
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First Week of Lent: The Second Word – “Father forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

Then Jesus said,
“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 Can you recall a hurt that has taken hold of you, one that you can’t seem to let go? Have you noticed how it can drain your energy and attention? How it ...
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The Week of Ash Wednesday: The First Word – “I Am Thirsty.”

After this, when Jesus knew
that all was now finished, he said
(in order to fulfill the scripture),
“I am thirsty.” John 19:28 For what do you thirst? Can you be attentive to the words of Jesus as they reveal your own thirst? Here are some thoughts and questions for your consideration ...
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“Seven Last Words for Seven Weeks: Praying with Jesus on the Cross” with Sister Mary Sweeney, SC

A PDF version of the book available for download here. This Lent we are invited to truly walk with Jesus and journey through the Gospels as we pray simply over one phrase each week spoken by our dying Lord. Our Lenten devotion of prayer will center around The ...
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