Adult Faith Formation

The Religious Education Office plans and oversees Adult Formation studies, events, classes and seminars throughout the year, including but not limited to: weekly (or bi-weekly) Bible studies; Diocesan Institute classes at St. James; ALPHA®; SIP & DIP (a weekly class held concurrent with PRE classes); I Wonder…I Believe, an Easter season forum addressing current Church topics; seasonal adult days of reflection; TMIY (That Man Is You), and special topic seminars.

Classes are open to all adults. A nominal fee may be charged for some classes, to help offset the cost of materials. No person is denied the opportunity to participate in any event, due to inability to pay.

For those interested in planning for, helping to promote, providing  hospitality, or facilitating Adult Faith Formation opportunities, contact Rose Barnas, Director of Religious Education, at or by phone at 717-626-0244 x1. 


Catechist Formation Opportunities

The Religious Education Office plans and supports special training seminars and hosts Diocesan Institute Basic Catechist Certification classes, to encourage all catechists to complete their Diocesan certification for catechists. The cost associated with obtaining Diocesan certification is paid from the RE Office budget. Contact Rose Barnas, Director of Religious Education, at or by phone at 717-626-0244 x1. 


Current Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

2019 Fall Adult Study

The Bible and the Virgin Mary – a St. Augustine Institute bible study

Bible Study begins Tuesday October 1.  Sessions are held Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning and Thursday evening.

DVD Presentation with facilitated small group discussion. For more information, contact the RE Office 717-626-0244.

Diocesan Institute courses

The Office of Adult Religious Education exists to assist adult members of the Diocese of Harrisburg as they journey in faith.

Through offering opportunities for spiritual growth, providing informational and educational resources and training, and networking opportunities with others involved with the religious education adults, this office seeks to enable adults of the diocese to:

  • Understand clearly what it means to be an adult Catholic
  • Center their lives in the proclamation of the Gospel
  • Celebrate liturgies meaningfully
  • Witness to their beliefs in acts of charity and service



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That Man Is You (TMIY)


That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive! For more information, contact Tom Owsinski at the RE Office 717-626-0244.

Morning and evening sessions starting in September, 2019.  Morning sessions begin at 6:30 am with breakfast.  Evening sessions are on Thursdays at 7 pm in Room 105.