Faith Formation for Adults
St. Edmond Parish has a commitment to provide programs that will assist adults who seek to grow in faith and holiness throughout their adult life through on-going faith formation. Adult maturing faith is marked by a life of prayer and openness to God’s call; the ability to articulate one’s faith and to share it with others; a growing understanding and appreciation of theology, Scripture, and the liturgical life of the church; and the desire and ability to reach out to others in works of justice and mercy. To foster this life of faith, adult programs are offered at various times and days to accommodate as many people as possible. Click here or check our Parish Events tab for specific meeting dates, times, and locations. Or, contact the Director of Religious Education, Marie Kopf, at 302-227-4553, or [email protected]
Programs Offered Include:
Lectio Divina is Latin for divine reading, spiritual reading, or “holy reading”, and represents a traditional Christian practice of prayer and scriptural reading that dates back to the 12th century. It is a way of praying with the scripture that calls us to study, ponder, listen, and pray from God’s Word.
- Lectio (reading) – Slowly and prayerfully read aloud a brief Scripture passage, three times, pausing between each reading. Let a word or phrase speak to you in a special way.
- Meditatio (meditation) – Silently reflect upon the word or phrase that is speaking to you. Allow your thoughts to connect to the word or words.
- Oratio (prayer) – Enter into a silent dialogue with God for a few minutes. Speak to God as a friend speaks to a friend. Allow yourself to be touched and changed by God’s word.
- Contemplatio (contemplation) – Rest silently and prayerfully in God’s embrace. Let go, and let the word of God speak to your heart in silence.
This group meets on Mondays at 9:15 AM in the Religious Education Center.
Scripture Study groups meet to discuss the Books of the Old and New Testament, Church History, the lives of the Saints etc. The studies use engaging video presentations, to promote lively small-group discussions. Resources from Ascension Press and The Augustine Institute, among others, are used. Our programs help you come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Catholic Faith.
Saint Edmond’s Parish Library, in the Religious Education Center, contains a diverse collection of inspiring books, Scripture resources, historical references, books on the Saints, spirituality, etc. The library is generally open Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 p.m.