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Roman Catholics

Roman Catholic Church in the state of hawaii

Diocese of Honolulu

Witness to Jesus

Diocesan Offices

Diocesan Offices

Adult Catechesis

Every disciple of the Lord Jesus shares in this mission.  To do their part, adult Catholics must be mature in faith and well equipped to share the Gospel, promoting it in every family circle, in every church gathering, in every place of work and in every public forum. 

Our Hearts Were Burning, Paragraph 2


A graphic depicting the document "Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States" (OHWB) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Graphic created at Wordle.net


Adult Faith Formation: 


  • is growing in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer and study (OHWB 5)

  • must be situated not at the periphery of the Church's educational mission, but at its center (OHWB, 42)

  • leads to a living, explicit and fruitful faith (OHWB 49)


Adult Faith Formation is NOT a Program

Adult Faith Formation (AFF) is a process, an approach, a philosophy.  AFF utilizes prayer, liturgy, programs, retreats, social outreach, study, small faith sharing groups, reflection etc...to deepen relationship with God, self and others. AFF empowers the lay vocation!  


Faith Formation Resources

Theology of the Body


Options for Adult Faith Formation Leader Development: 

Franciscan at Home - Diocese of Honolulu landing page

Lifelong Faith Associates

Faith Formation Matters

University of Dayton AFF Certificate Program


Options for Adult Faith Formation in Your Parish:

That Man Is You


33 Days to Morning Glory


Potential Speakers for Your Parish or Vicariate Event

Theological Foundation and Specialization Courses

Additional Adult Faith Formation Courses


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Contact the Office of Worship


For questions, please contact Lisa Gomes, Director, Office of Evangelization and Catechesis: Email or call 808.203.6745.