Adult Formation

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While our new normal does not allow gatherings like this, we are together in spirit.


Formation in our Faith is a life-long journey. Faith grows and deepens throughout all of our life stages. For adults, Lumen Christi sponsors speakers, retreats, Bible and other studies, book discussions, and more. There is an Adult Faith Committee which plans these events. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Lynn Schelitzche, Director of Faith Formation.

During COVID, the following opportunities are available.

Lenten Bible Study, Jesus’ Passion: The Story of Redemptive Suffering,

Offered by Turning to God’s Word of Des Moines, IA. This is a Benedictine-based Bible Study.  Free, online.  Click links below.

The introduction is available now. The remaining five lessons will be available from Ash Wednesday through April 11, 2021

Introduction For God So Loved the World
Lesson 1 Agony in the Garden
Lesson 2 The Son of Man Before the Chief Priests
Lesson 3 What Is Truth?
Lesson 4 Via Dolorosa: The Way of Sorrows
Lesson 5 Crucifixion, Death & Resurrection


FREE LENTEN ONLINE COURSE Journey with The Saint John’s Bible


This exclusive online course on the handwritten, hand-illuminated Saint John’s Bible commissioned out of Saint John’s Abbey & University in Collegeville, Minnesota is divided into six units and is scheduled to launch on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. The course addresses the role of art in Christian life, the tradition of illuminated manuscripts, and unpacks several illuminations from The Saint John’s Bible along with the Scripture passages they depict. It will feature videos that explain the illuminations and selections from Scripture, and guided experiences of lectio and visio divina, offering viewers an opportunity to pray with Scripture and art.

Register for free here: or on the Adult Faith Formation page of our website.


The Spiritual Resilience Project

FREE, self-directed, online Adult Faith Formation Opportunity

Offered Through Heart Matters

Spiritual resilience rests on a foundation of positive spiritual emotions that help us thrive and give us energy to reach out and help others. How do we find the hope, strength and stamina we need to rise to the call? How do we stay resilient? The Spiritual Resilience Project provides faith-based, research-informed tools to help cultivate positive spiritual emotions and process painful ones. These include a blend of centuries-old Christian practices with current scientific research on emotional resilience. These spiritual habits help us engage the world with compassion, courage and hope.

Connie Fourre, the teacher and designer of this program, is a life-long educator and experienced presenter.  Connie sees a deep need in our current world for personal resilience, and as a person of faith, Connie knows that resilience is best approached through the lens of faith and God in our lives. The personal lessons and practices included can only support our lives as we move into 2021.

Find more information about the program and the presenter, and sign-up for this free, self-directed online program here:



Time for Transformation

The Faith Formation Council is providing an opportunity to grow in our relationship with Jesus. We will engage in five monthly sessions working through the book Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ.  Many Catholics feel that they know about Jesus but do not feel they know him personally. The bridge between where we are and where we want to be in our faith journey can be achieved through the engaging study and discussion of spiritual concepts in award-winning author Joe Paprocki’s book so that “everyday” Catholics can integrate and articulate their faith and live the Gospel in a way that is simple, compelling, contemporary, liberating, and life-changing.

We will meet via Zoom to discuss our readings and discussion questions on the following Wednesdays:

December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12

from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

There is no fee and the book will be provided. Register by simply emailing Lynn Schelitzche, Director of Faith Formation, at



Winter Bible Study

Witnesses: Characters in Both the Old and New Testaments

13 select Thursdays, from November 12 through March 4, from 11:00am-12:15pm, via Zoom

We will explore 17 people in the Bible whose lives bear witness to God and what it means to be a disciple. These are real humans with quirks, foibles, and humor, but God works through them and we can identify with their spiritual growth. This study is offered on 13 select Thursdays, from November 12 through March 4, from 11:00am-12:15pm, via Zoom. Enjoy the stories, the presentation, and the guided questions designed to bring you closer in your relationship to God. Register by emailing Lynn Schelitzche, Director of Faith Formation, at


Loyola Press Daily 3-Minute Retreat

This 3-minute-retreat features a daily theme with scripture passage, beautiful photo, instrumental music, reflection on the scripture, question to ponder, and closing prayer.


From Liturgical Press – St. John’s Collegeville


Listen to our free Spotify playlist,

Psallite Music for Consolation, Hope and Healing

featuring songs from the Psallite collection by the Collegeville Composers Group.


Praying Together, Praying Apart: At-Home Prayers for Times of Healing, Illness, and Death
The COVID-19 virus forces us to grapple with a difficult reality. Amid self-isolation and “stay-at-home” orders, an increasing number of people are experiencing sickness and death separated from other people. This resource strives to offer some concrete ways to pray, heal, and grieve together when we are physically apart.  In addition, Anne and Jeffery Rowthorn, authors of God’s Good Earth, wrote a litany for the dying, the departed, and the grieving.