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Forward in Faith - Adult Faith Formation Program


 The Theology of Pope Francis


Series begins the week of January 14 at three locations in the Archdiocese of San Francisco: St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, St. Bartholomew Church in San Mateo, and St. Hilary Church in Tiburon and continues for five weeks.


Starting in January, the Archdiocese of San Francisco is offering a new educational initiative for 2014 based on the teachings and spirituality of Pope Francis, with the intent of capturing the joy and spiritual depth of the Holy Father’s message during the first eight months of his pontificate. The program will consist of live lectures given weekly at one location in each county. The series will run from the week of January 14 through the week of February 11 and will consist of five lectures with time for questions.


In keeping with Pope Francis’ continuing challenge to us to be evangelizers in the world, the first week will focus on the theme of Evangelization and the speaker will be Rev. John Hurley, the former director of the office of evangelization at the national conference of bishops. During the second week, Archbishop John Quinn will speak on collegiality in the Church. Bishop Robert McElroy will speak during the third week on the renewed focus that Pope Francis has put on the Church’s pastoral outreach to all men and women. In the fourth week, Sr. Mary Roberta Connors, FSE, of the Vallombrosa Retreat Center will illuminate the vision of the Catholic spiritual life presented by Pope Francis. And in the final week Lorraine Moriarty, Executive Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Mateo County, and Angela Pollock, Director of Young Adult Ministry at the Archdiocese of San Francisco, will address the theme of a Church that embraces, learns from and advocates for the poor.


Please click here for meeting and location information and for a registration form.  Please call or email Cindy Kilpatrick at 415-614-5616 or for questions.