Rediscovering the Faith

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Rediscover the Faith


Faith Formation

Faith Formation must be "the central task" in the catechetical enterprise, becoming "the axis around which revolves the catechesus of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age." This entails developing participation in, and knowledge of, the full sacramental life of the Church.

To be effective ministers of faith formation we in the Diocese of Juneau join people in their daily converns and walk side by side with them on the pathway of life. We ask them questions abd listen attentiveely as they speak of their joys, hopes, grief, and anxieties. We are continuing to make real changes in our catchetical emphasis and priorities as we work to place ongoing faith formation at the forfront of our catchetical planning and activities ​

We always need to discover new ways of thinking and acting that wil vigorously renew the faith and strengthen the missionary dynamism of the Church in Juneau. Although the task may seem daunting, we need look back no further than the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults twenty years ago to find a model for success. Today, most parishes participate in the catechumenal process, which has brought the Church in the United States great benefit. We seek similar fruits from our ongoing refinements to faith formation. 

The Diocese of Juneau has a diverse multicultural population that offers us a rich experience of how the Catholic faith is lived, expressed, and celebrated. We see in our region of Alaska a widespread spiritual hunger - a quest for meaning and for a deeply personal experience of God and of community. 

Today that Spirit is awakening a new evangelization and a new apologetics. 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 evanglizing and trasnforming society. Pop John Paul II's apolstolic exhortation on the laity, Christifdeles Laici and our own reflections in Called and Gifted for the Third Millennum envision a laity who are living witnesses to Christ: well-formed in faith, enthusiastic, capable of leadership in the Church and in society, filled with compassion, and working for justice. 


The gift of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is an indispensable resource in our time for helping adults become stronger in their relationship with God and grow in their knowledge of the faith. It should be in regular use: by priests and deacons in their preaching and teaching; by those who write and those who publish theological, catechetical, liturgical, and spiritual books and resources; by catechists preparing to work with adults; and by adults themselves in personal and family study and prayer.

The complete Catechism is now available as a convenient E-book at

A living faith needs nourishment, which the mature adult disciple finds above all in union with Christ—"the way and the truth and the life" (Jn 14:6). Living faith is also maintained by

All catechesis should strive to build adult Christian communities that are strong in faith, clearly proclaim the Gospel, celebrate vibrant and reverent liturgy, and give courageous witness in charity.

This text concerning Faith Formation has been adapted from Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us.