Why Digital Discipleship?

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“Adult Faith Formation is perhaps the greatest challenge we face in our Church…the Church must look toward many innovative ways to welcome a better understanding of the Church. The end result of such an effort will truly be “the Church Alive!” --Bishop David Zubik
 

 
The work of the Office for Adult and Family Faith Formation germinates from pivotal statements by Blessed John Paul II, Bishop David Zubik and the Bishops of the United States.

In his Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Familiaris Consortio, John Paul II states: “No plan of organized pastoral work at any level must ever fail to take into consideration the pastoral area of the family” (70) and “The future of humanity passed by way of the family.”(86) The family is the basic unit and the bedrock of both church and society. The church is charged with ministry to the family.

And in his first pastoral letter to the Church of Pittsburgh, Bishop Zubik challenged each of us with these words: “Adult Faith Formation is perhaps the greatest challenge we face in our Church…the Church must look toward many innovative ways to welcome a better understanding of the Church. The end result of such an effort will truly be “the Church Alive!”

And in Our Heats Were Burning Within Us, the Bishops of the United States remind us that “Lifelong (faith) formation…must be a priority in the church’s catechetical ministry; moreover, it must be considered the chief form of catechesis.” (p.3)

Through the Office for Adult and Family Faith formation, the Church is able to enrich healthy adults and families and reach out to those that are hurting in a spirit of partnership and support. The office plans events and provides resources to parishes and parish leaders to assist them in their ministry.