Announcing “Foundations of Faith” – Adult Faith Formation in Jefferson City

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Have you ever found yourself during Mass wondering what something means as you listen to the Scriptures? Perhaps something the priest mentioned in a homily was unclear? Maybe you know you’re Catholic but you’re not sure why the Church teaches what she does on a number of pressing and important issues? Perhaps you want to be better able to explain to your friends what you and the Church believe? Or maybe you’re just curious.

Thankfully there is a solution arriving here in Jefferson City, Mo. Beginning on October 15, 2018, I will be offering an adult education, faith formation, catechesis, class, seminar, whatever you want to call it, and you are most welcome to attend. The classes will begin at 6:30 PM and will be held in Kertz Hall at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

The course will be geared towards adults, that is anyone 18 & older.

I am titling the course, “The Church in the Modern World.” That is both a reference to Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes, as well as something broad enough for us to cover a wide variety of topics across different sessions.

I will be offering a six week session this fall. In the future, I plan to offer more 6-10 week sessions. Each of the sessions will be based on a particular theme as requested by those attending the class. Click here to see some potential future topics.

For this initial session I consulted our parish education commission and came up with the theme, “Foundations of Faith.” Our class topics will be:

October 15: Faith & Reason

October 22: Faith & Science

October 29: Revelation

November 12: Origins of Sacred Scripture

November 19: Scripture & Tradition

November 26: Jesus

December 7: Mary (N.B. – This is on a Friday as a part of the parish Advent Soup Supper)

It will not be a linear course in the sense it will not be necessary to attend every week, you can come and go as you please. I will also post readings and resources on this web site, though it will not be necessary to review them beforehand. Even if you can’t make it a given week, you’ll still have access to all of the resources found at this hub.

I look forward to seeing you on October 15th, let me know if you have any questions. Please help me spread the word. Below is a printable flyer you can print.

If you already know you want more information, click here, to send me an e-mail, and I’ll add you to the e-mail list.

Santa Pudenziana

The Lenten Station Church for Tuesday of the third week of Lent is Santa Pudenziana. Read more about the church here.

Lenten Station Church Pilgrimage

Dating back to the first few centuries of Christianity there has been a tradition known as the “Station Churches” in Rome. Every day of Lent is assigned a different Church or station. In the early Church, the Popes would celebrate Mass each day at the particular Church. Today, the Pope just celebrates the Mass on Ash Wednesday at Santa Sabina.

This Lent I have been documenting my Lenten pilgrimage on Instagram. Everyday I try to post “stories” on the journey, as well as one regular post with a quote from the Church’s liturgy of the day. Usually these quotes have been coming from the Liturgy of the Hours, specifically, the Office of Readings.

Despite my delay, or frankly, just not thinking about it, I have decided to share those posts here on my blog as well. You can come back each day to find more posts.

Daily Reflection: 1 May 2017

Today’s readings can be found here.


It is no secret that a part of following Christ is that at times we will face criticisms for our beliefs. While we must remain steadfast in our fidelity to what has been revealed to us through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, we should also try to avoid the temptation of thinking we are the only ones to ever suffer such attacks. This has been going on since the dawn of Christianity, as we hear in today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. So what can we learn from today’s reading?

To smile. The reading ends by noting his radiant face. If we want to defend the Church or to be able to articulately explain her beliefs, it’s important we do so with a smile. Not to get angry or frustrated, nor to seem sad or depressed about the Church’s teachings. To proclaim the gospel with joy, not arrogance or smugness, but with joy, and a smile on our face.

Adult Education Programming Update

First of all let me say how pleased I have been with the quality of conversation taking place every Thursday night at, “The Church in the Modern World” Adult Education class that I’ve been offering for about a month now here in Columbia, Mo.

One of the best things has been to see men and women from college age all the way through retirees gather in one place and seek to learn and dialogue together about their Catholic faith. Certainly, there are an abundance of professional and academic fields represented in the group, such a variety of experiences both presents it’s challenges but also enriches the experience. Personally, on a philosophical and pedagogical level, I enjoy the challenge of trying to weave the group together. I ask patience and forgiveness for any failures in that regard.

After conducting some balloting in the first few sessions, last week, when discussing revelation etc., I announced the upcoming topics. I failed to connect a few dots regarding the timing of spring break for the college students as well as Holy Week. After further discussion last night, I have decided on the following schedule for the upcoming weeks. I wanted to post an update so that all can have it written down and avoid confusion.

Thursday, March 30 (Spring Break) – Priesthood

Monday, April 10 (Holy Week) – The Mass & the Eucharist

Thursday, April 20 – Sexuality & Theology of the Body

Thursday, April 27 – Contraception

Thursday, May 4 – LGBT Issues & the Church’s Response

Thursday, May 11 – Reconciliation

Stay tuned for further updates.

If you are looking for information from past topics, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact me.