Faith Formation Programs

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Whether you are just beginning your relationship with God, returning after a long absence, or seeking to know him more, the Office of Faith Formation hopes these programs can help you, no matter where you are on your journey, to grow in your relationship with God and his Church. For more information about any of these programs, please Contact Us.

Diocesan Confirmation Retreat

A retreat is one of the requirements to receive the sacrament of confirmation. The Diocesan Confirmation Retreat is available for candidates unable to attend their parish's retreat, or those from small parishes that find it difficult to offer a retreat. Co-sponsored by the offices of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry, it is modeled after SEARCH and is peer-ministry driven. It highlights the gifts of the Holy Spirit and life after confirmation, and is designed to ignite the fire in a confirmation candidate's heart to truly be a disciple of Christ as well as experience an intimate connection with the Holy Spirit. For more information, contact Tricia Gentry at (501) 664-0340.

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Ignatian Silent Directed Retreat

Learn about silent prayer during this four-day retreat for adults. Participants seek God and his plan for their lives in the sacred silence. It begins on a Thursday night and ends on Sunday at noon and is held on the third weekend of March each year at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. It is sponsored by the Office of Faith Formation. For more information, contact Jasmine Moore at (501) 664-0340.

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Little Rock Theology Institute

Little Rock Theology Institute is a three-year academic program for adults wishing to learn more about the Catholic faith. Students may attend for personal enrichment or earn catechist certification. Those who already have a bachelor’s degree may pursue a second bachelor's degree in theology from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla. The classes, which are offered monthly from September to June, are taught by diocesan staff and professors from various Catholic colleges and universities. Participants meet on Fridays from 7-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:15 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. To learn more, see the following:

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Permanent Diaconate Formation Program

This five-year, bilingual program forms men for the sacrament of holy orders as permanent deacons. It is open to Catholic men in good standing with the Catholic Church who are 35 years old or older. The current class begins in the fall of 2017 and runs through 2022. Father Erik Pohlmeier directs this program. Classes are taught monthly at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock for deacon candidates and their wives. The first three years of candidacy correspond with the class time for the Little Rock Theology Institute. Candidates and their wives take all the regular courses one weekend a month along with additional diaconate formation and are able to earn a bachelor’s degree in theology through St. Gregory University in Shawnee, Okla. The fifth and final year focuses solely on diaconate training, including homiletics and canon law. To learn more, visit Diaconate Formation Class of 2022.

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, offered at the parish level, is intended for those adults who wish to join the Catholic Church. It generally begins in the fall and concludes with full initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass. To learn more, see RCIA StepsThe Office of Faith Formation offers training and support for parish RCIA coordinators through its annual RCIA retreat and symposium and also coordinates the Rite of Election, a vital step in the RCIA process. To learn more about the process, go to RCIA Q&A or read New Catholic Testimonials.

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Rediscover the Catholic Faith

We understand you may have drifted away as a teenager or while attending college. Or you may have married, divorced and now think you are excommunicated. You may have had an abortion and feel guilty and ashamed. Or you may have been offended in some way by a representative of the Church — a priest, a sister, a brother, a teacher, or a church worker. Whatever the reason for leaving we want to welcome you back. We know returning can be frightening. We want to remind you that the Catholic Church is made up of weak, sinful people, and we all rely on the mercy and forgiveness of a loving God. If you have been away from the Church and wish to return, you are always welcome to come home. To find out how, go to Return to the Church, or if you have questions, contact the Office of Faith Formation.

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School of Spiritual Direction

This three-year bilingual program began in September 2013 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. Students may be clergy, religious or laypeople. Classes are held in English and Spanish once a month from September to June on a Friday night and all day Saturday. The first two years focus on academic classes on spirituality. The final year will be a practicum where the students will be supervised while they meet regularly with their own spiritual "directees." To learn more, go to School of Spiritual Direction.

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St. Andrew School of Evangelization

The St. Andrew School of Evangelization challenges participants to answer Jesus' call to evangelize to the ends of the earth, forming new evangelists for the new evangelization of the third millennium. It is named after the Apostle Andrew because of his example in evangelizing his brother, Peter. Its mission is to follow Andrew's example in finding people like Peter who can love, serve and proclaim the Lord better than ourselves. This ministry is available in English and Spanish. It began in the Diocese of Little Rock in March 2011. Internationally, there are more than 2,000 schools of evangelization in 63 countries worldwide. Participants may attend for their spiritual development or to earn credit toward catechist certification. Courses are offered year-round at the diocese and on the parish level. To learn more, go to St. Andrew School of Evangelization or download our brochure.

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Transforming Force

Transforming Force is a movement that helps those who have been marginalized become leaders. Through training courses and the development of skills and processes, this Spanish-language program helps participants assimilate into society, able to handle responsibility, while retaining their own personality and identity. This ministry is designed for adults ages 18 and older. For more information, contact Jaime Torres, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 434 

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