The original newsletter sent out listed the St. John Neumann Relics event as taking place on a Monday. Please be advised that the correct date is Wednesday , May 22, 2019.
Diocese of Allentown
Adult Formation Newsletter
The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday, May 31, 2019
May 2019

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and learn about all of the great offerings that we have planned for the coming months!

We hope that you are able to join us at some of the wonderful events and courses that we have available for you!

In Christ,
Office of Adult Formation
Diocese of Allentown
The Institute for Catechesis and Formation
Learn Your Faith + Live Your Faith + Love Your Faith
Join us to grow deeper in the understanding of your faith
with ICF courses taking place in 2019!
The Creed
An overview of fundamental Catholic teachings based on the founding Symbol of our Faith. This course provides catechists with a foundation in the basic tenets of the Catholic Faith, and is a good starting point leading to further study. The course is highly recommended for Catechists; but everyone is invited to learn more about what it means to say, I believe…
Classroom Applications
Practical information for catechists on their role as formators in the Faith. The course includes learning to create lesson plans, communication with parents and how to engage them in religious instruction, material delivery at age-appropriate levels, and more. 
ICF 101
Christian Anthropology
This course will examine who God is as the One who seeks to share Himself with His creation. A brief survey of Salvation History will be traced to Jesus Christ, the Redeemer who saves humanity, and teaches us what it means to be a human person.
The Institute for Catechesis and Formation is intended to provide an opportunity for all of the faithful to delve deeper in their understanding of God's saving plan for us all.
Faith & Spirits
Faith and Spirits was created to provide a forum for all adult Catholics to learn more about their faith in a comfortable setting. It is offered at various locations throughout the Diocese with a variety of engaging speakers and intriguing topics. Come enjoy an evening out, a meal with friends, and an opportunity to deepen your faith!
St. Ignatius of Loyola and
The Discernment of Spirits
Join us as Rev. Christopher Walsh explores the Spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola. Who is Saint Ignatius Loyola? What is discernment, and how can we know if we are doing it correctly?

Monday, May 6, 2019
6:30 PM

Braveheart Highland Pub
430 Main Street
Hellertown, PA 18055

Questions: Please email
or call (610) 282-1100, Ext. 2021

There is no cost to attend Faith and Spirits. Menus will be available for the purchase of food or drink at your expense.
Relics of Saint John Neumann
The relics of St. John Neumann, who served as bishop of Philadelphia and was greatly connected to our local Church, will be visiting our Diocese! These relics will be accompanied by Rev. Anthony Michalik, C.Ss.R. who will reflect upon St. John Neumann and his relevance to our lives followed by the opportunity for prayer, veneration, and blessing with the relics. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

St. Patrick Parish
319 Mahantongo Street
Pottsville, PA 17901

Questions: Please email
or call (610) 282-1100, Ext. 2021
Scott Hahn in Sellersville, PA
Don’t miss Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center at St. Agnes Catholic Church on Saturday, June 15, 2019, for a powerful presentation on the riches of our Catholic faith.

Best-selling author and renowned biblical scholar Scott Hahn will explore the Sacrifice of the Mass and how we can get the most out of it and other key aspects of our Catholic faith in three talks. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about the St. Paul Center and our mission to promote biblical literacy from the heart of the Church.

You can choose to include a boxed lunch from Down to Earth Café in your registration for a total of $35. Registration not including lunch is $20.

Go deeper in your faith—register for this powerful event today!
Saturday, June 15, 2019
9:00 AM to 2:15 PM

St. Agnes Catholic Church
445 N Main St.
Sellersville, PA 18960

To register or for more information visit
Steubenville Adult Conferences
Power & Purpose
Glorious Inheritance
June 7 to 9, 2019

As children of God, we are called to live in the peace, joy, and love of the Holy Trinity. Yet many of us struggle to feel God’s presence in our lives. We remain stuck in old patterns of behavior or ways of thinking that leave us feeling lonely, anxious and even hopeless. The good news is that we can be free! The Holy Spirit can lift us out of despair and give us a renewed sense of purpose. The Power and Purpose Conference will introduce you to and draw you deeper into relationship with the Holy Spirit and empower you to live in freedom and joy.
St. John Bosco
Mary and the Ministry of Accompaniment
June 15 to 18, 2019

Good catechists never stop learning and growing but finding a way to both sharpen the mind and renew the heart can be difficult, especially with all the demands on your time. This is why the St. John Bosco Conference provides not only instruction and inspiration from nationally recognized leaders in catechetical ministry, but also times of deep and powerful prayer. Join hundreds of other catechists and evangelizers this summer to gain tools to be a better minister and leave with a new zeal for the ministry to which God has called you.
Applied Biblical Studies
Holy Wisdom: Divine Light for Our Times
July 24 to 26, 2019

Scripture deepens our faith and strengthens our hearts but reading the Bible in a way that fosters transformation can be difficult, since comprehending it can be challenging and frustrating. This is why at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference, you receive teaching and instruction from a team of world-renowned Scripture scholars and authors who make understanding Scripture easier for both those new to the Bible and those who have been studying it for years. This training, coupled with powerful prayer, will not only enlighten your mind but renew your heart. The Applied Biblical Studies Conference will make the Bible come alive for you and help you integrate it more completely into your life.
Defending the Faith
Christ: The Power and Wisdom of God
July 26 to 28, 2019

When our hearts desire to share the faith but we struggle to find the words, we can easily become timid, fearful, and frustrated; but God wants to give us bold and confident hearts that are moved by love to go forth with joy and share Jesus and the truth of the Church. The Defending the Faith Conference has sent forth tens of thousands of Catholics who have gone back to their families, parishes, and places of work with great zeal and love to share the truth and spread Christ’s love. Come and be empowered and equipped to fulfill your desires to lead others in faith.
Voice & Vision
The National Summit for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults
July 31 to August 2, 2019

A gathering of leaders and practitioners with pastoral and/or academic experience in Junior High, High School, College Campus, Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, and Young Adult Ministries that seeks to draw conclusions from recent national and international discussions about young people (Synod on Young People, V Encuentro, National Dialogue) on how to transform our praxis with youth and young adults in the United States.
Defending the Faith Conference
Bus Trip
DEFENDING THE FAITH CONFERENCE BUS TRIP to Franciscan Univ. Jul 26–28: “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope- 1 Peter 3: 15”. This is a WONDERFUL opportunity to enhance the knowledge of your faith & spiritual growth with over 1,200 other attendees. The conference includes theologians and apologists who are bestselling authors and renowned speakers who not only teach, but also motivate. Scott Hahn is the co-chair of the event which includes: Daily Mass, confession and a joyful, prayerful, and musical bus ride. More info on the conference can be found at: Previous attendees found this conference to be a significant lift in their spiritual lives. This very popular conference is normally sold out before May. Discounts for early registration. Call Deacon Bruce for information at (610) 468-9506 or
Stewardship: A Mission of Faith
Fall Conference
Put on the Armour of God
The focus of this conference is the spiritual warfare raging in our society as exemplified by the assault on marriage and family. Come to be inspired and learn how to protect yourself with the Armour of God so that you may be His faithful son or daughter.

Cost: $70 One Day, $125 Both Days

Wednesday & Thursday, September 18 & 19, 2019

The Star Barn Village at Stone Gables Estate
1 Hollinger Lane / Star Barn Way
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

For more information or to register visit:
Resource Highlight
CATHOLICISM: Pivotal Players, Vol. 1
CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, Vol. I is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.

From May 10-15th, Word on Fire will be screening all six episodes of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, Vol. I at
For resources in our Diocesan library visit
or Call 610-289-8900, Ext. 2027.
Catholic Basics
With what name does God reveal Himself?
God revealed himself to Moses as the living God, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6). God also revealed to Moses his mysterious name “I Am Who I Am (YHWH)”. Already in Old Testament times this ineffable name of God was replaced by the divine title Lord. Thus in the New Testament, Jesus who was called Lord is seen as true God.
The Catholic Mirror:
Reflections on Our Life in Christ
Hail Mary
May is a month traditionally celebrated by Catholics with "May Processions" or "May Crownings" to honor our Blessed Mother. The Marian devotions this particular May are accentuated in our Diocese by the Diocesan-wide consecration to Jesus through Mary. Devotion to the Blessed Mother is nothing new for our Diocese as she is the Principal Patroness of the Diocese of Allentown and a significant number of our parishes are named for her. We should take this to heart and be sure to devote ourselves in a special way to Mary during our personal prayer time.

St. Louis de Montfort, the prolific author of the consecration to Jesus through Mary, discusses that Mary is the quickest and safest way to Jesus. Whether you add a Hail Mary to your regular prayer routine, pray the Rosary more often, begin saying the Angelus, pray the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or take on the aforementioned Consecration; now is the perfect time to begin or increase your devotion to the Mother that God chose for Himself.

Let us Praise the Lord.
-And give him thanks.
Thank you for reading. We pray that you have a joyful Easter Season. Hopefully we will see you at some of our events!

Deo Omnis Gloria.
Diocese of Allentown
Office of Adult Formation
2121 Madison Ave
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017
The Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord
on Thursday, May 30, 2019
Rick Dooley, Assistant Director
Office of Adult Formation
610-289-8900, Ext. 2027
Mary Fran Hartigan, Director
Faith Formation
610-289-8900, Ext. 2026
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