Formation should always be ongoing from the womb to the tomb. This is what our documents have to say about the importance of Adult Formation.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], page 8
“Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes specially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.”
From the General Directory for Catechesis, [GDC], page 168
“The maturation of the Christian life requires that it be cultivated in all its dimensions: knowledge of the faith, liturgical life, moral formation, prayer, belonging to community, missionary spirit. When catechesis omits one of these elements, the Christian faith does not attain full development.” General Directory for Catechesis
From the National Directory of Catechesis, [NDC], page 188
Adult Catechesis promotes mature adult faith: the faith of the disciple who has been saved by Christ’s redemptive love and who is being continually converted to him. Adult catechesis fosters this discipleship by providing “a comprehensive and systematic presentation and exploration of the core elements of Catholic faith and practice- a complete initiation into a Catholic way of life.”
The Goals of Adult Catechesis are:
• Inviting and enabling adults “to acquire an attitude of conversion to the Lord.”
• Helping them “to make a conscious and firm decision to live the gift and choice of faith through membership in the Christian Community.”
• Helping them “to become more willing and able to be a Christian disciple in the world.”
The Tasks of Adult Catechesis are:
• To promote formation and development of life in the Christ.
• To promote evangelization as the means of bringing the Good News to all.
• To educate toward the development of an informed moral conscience.
• To clarify the relationship between the Church and the world.
• To develop the foundation of the faith.
• To encourage adults to assume their baptismal responsibility for the Church’s mission.
• To develop creative ways to encourage adults to take advantage of the various programs of enrichment and spiritual development.
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