“The catechesis of adults … is the principal form of catechesis, because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.”
Catechesi Tradendae (On Catechesis in Our Time), #43

Adult Faith Formation Toolkit


Resources for Adult Faith Formation

Busted Halo

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA)

Catholic News Service

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Cursillo Movement of the Catholic Diocese of Scranton, PA

Pontifical Mission Societies

Pope Francis on Twitter

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA) online version

USCCB:  Books of the Bible

USCCB:  Understanding the Bible

Vatican News


Sacred Space
Daily prayer and meditation offered by the Irish Jesuits

Liturgy of the Hours

USCCB:  Daily Readings

The Vatican

Study Programs

Ascension Press

Word on Fire

Church Documents

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States

In the document, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, the Bishops of the United States state:  “We are entering a period of new vitality for the Church, a period in which adult Catholic laity will play a pivotal leadership role in fulfilling the Christian mission of evangelizing and transforming society.  For adults to fulfill their roles in this new era of the Church, their faith formation must be lifelong, just as they must continue to learn to keep up in the changing world.”

Three goals for adult faith formation emerge in this pastoral plan:

  • Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life.
  • Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian community.
  • Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World.

Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith)
First encyclical issued by Pope Francis on June 29, 2013.

Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)
Apostolic Exhortation issued by Pope Francis on November 24, 2013.

General Directory for Catechesis