Formed In Faith

ALMI classes for April and May

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

5 tips for going back to confession if it’s been a while

Lent is a time when a lot of people think about returning to the sacrament of reconciliation. But if it’s been a while, that can be kind of a daunting idea. What are the words I’m supposed to say, exactly? And what happens if I don’t do it right?

If you’re someone who’s thinking about going back to the sacrament, here are a few tips to help you get more comfortable.

To continue reading this article by Jim McDermott from America Magazine click here.

Retreat on National Standards from NALM

Retreat on Standard 1: The Human Dimension

Why should I attend?

This 3-hour retreat will offer you the following:
* Deep reflection on Standard 1: The Human Dimension
* Ways you can use the standards for your own personal growth as a lay minister.
* Tools you can bring back to your place of ministry to offer retreats for those in your ministry.
* A prayerful exploration of your ministerial vocation.
* A chance to relax, recharge, and retreat.

The cost of the retreat includes the following:

1. The retreat experience itself.

2. The Facilitator guide in electronic format.

3. The Participant guide in electronic format.

Similar retreats on standards 2-4 will be offered in the future. Click here for the 2018 National Certification Standards.

Tuesday, March 14 @ 1:30-4:30 PM EST

Non-Member / Basic: $50
Standard / Sustaining: $40

Click here to register.

Meet the Retreat Facilitators
Fr. Joe Merkt has dedicated his priestly life to supporting and promoting lay ministry. He has been a NALM member for almost thirty-five years, and has served on a number of NALM’s committees and also on its Board of Directors. He has given presentations, directed workshops, and guided retreats for lay ministers in a number of dioceses. Fr. Joe helped develop the original common lay ministry standards. These continue to be updated and enriched by NALM in collaboration with a number of other national ministry associations. These Spirit filled standards, fully endorsed by the US Bishop’s Office for Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministry, provide the inspiration for this retreat.
Pattie Batchman, recently retired former Director of the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Office for the Diocese of Cleveland.  She has B.S. degrees in Biology and Computer Science, and a Master of Theology from St. Mary Seminary and Diocesan Certification. Previously, she has served as Pastoral Associate, Director of Religious Education, and Youth & Young Adult Ministry Leader. Pattie is passionate about offering education and formation for all who serve in our Church, for both volunteers and parish staff members, to equip and empower missionary disciples to serve God and others!

Living Out Laudato Si’ In Global Solidarity

Lenten Retreat

Space is limited for our annual Lenten Retreat. Be sure to pre-register to reserve your spot!

Formation Opportunities in the Archdiocese of Louisville

The programs listed below are being offered by varies schools, parishes, or archdiocesan offices in the Archdiocese of Louisville and have been approved for Catechist Credit by the Office of Faith Formation. For information about how to receive Catechist Credit for attending contact Lynn at Contact the host site for information about their programs.

Faith Club News

The Faith Club at St. Francis of Assisi assembled 78 sack lunches last week and delivered them to Louisville Outreach for the Unsheltered.

The Archdiocesan Faith Club exist to meet the catechetical needs of adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities.  The Office of Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Louisville sponsors these clubs.  Consultants from the office work with the club facilitators to nurture faith formation and provide a social environment at meetings.

For more information about the Archdiocese of Louisville Faith Club go to or contact Maureen Larison at

Upcoming classes in Feb.

Women’s Retreat 3/18/23

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