St. Albert Hall - Room
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ADULT FORMATION SERIES
WHY DO WE OFFER ONGOING ADULT FORMATION & EDUCATION?
The basic challenge we face as Christian adults is growing into our Baptism through an ongoing integration of what we learn and experience throughout life into our spiritual lives. The problem most of us face is that we do not possess a "theological vocabulary" as few in a parish have ever formally studied theology. Ongoing formation acknowledges that we are never fully formed in the image and likeness of God although the heart of every person desires this—whether this desire is acknowledged or not. St. Augustine, speaking of his own conversion, said, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord." Ongoing formation helps give us the words to express our inner desire for God and meaning.
Ongoing education acknowledges that no one of us knows everything. Why did Father Ed return to school for more education? Because, despite the fact he likes people to think he knows everything, he realizes he does not. Why does Father Bruce write books? Is it because he has to in order to keep his professorship? No. He writes because he wants to learn.
Another reason to keep learning is spoken to by Nicholas Lash in an article saying we want to grow in knowledge and wisdom because "It is terribly easy to talk nonsense."
Catholicism is more than a religion of the heart. It is a religion that engages the intellect. Unfortunately, when attacked, the Church is attacked on the grounds of what people think they know about Church teaching. Even as Catholics ourselves we regularly reveal we neither know nor fully understand what our Church teaches.
What is one of the top reasons intellectuals convert to Catholicism? They read what the Church really teaches and find truth. Come to class!
CATHEDRAL ONGOING ADULT FORMATION & EDUCATION
The Cathedral's ongoing Adult Formation & Education Program meets between the Sunday morning Masses on the third floor of Saint Albert Hall in Room #305 (9:45-10:00). It is not necessary to have attended any past presentations to enjoy any future program. All are welcome. This is an especially good program to invite your non-Catholic friends who might like to learn something more about the Catholic Church. The necessary coffee and optional donuts are served! Child Care is provided.
- Our Sunday Morning Adult Formation & Education Program resumes Sunday, January 27, with Father Ed presenting the Gospel of Luke. For the most part, we will be listening to Luke's gospel throughout the year. Father Ed will be giving an overview of the gospel showing its story-arc throughout the Liturgical Year and giving a background of its history, composition, and purpose with the community of Saint Luke. The program promises to give insights you may never have had into this particular gospel.
We have put together future topics of interest and quality speakers for our Spring Semester:
- As we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, we will have a series on the Constitutions of the Council beginning next week with a presentation on The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church by Father Bruce Morrill. To follow in March will be presentations on The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation and The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. These presentations will help us all to realize the relevance of the Second Vatican Council in the life of the church still today some 50 years later.
- Another of the interests expressed by those regularly attending Adult Education is presentations on some of the Church Fathers and Saints, men and women who affect the life of the church even today.
- Also, because of requests by many, many parishioners, we invited Joan Watson, Coordinator of Catechetics at Aquinas College, to return to lead a six week Scripture Study on Tuesday nights April 2 through May 7. Opening the Scriptures and allowing God into our lives through the Word will be both spiritually and mentally and fulfilling for all of us.
The coming schedule:
- Sunday, February 3: Father Bruce Morrill, S.J., will give the first presentation on the Dogmatic Constitutions of the Second Vatican Council: The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
- Sunday, February 10: We will begin our series on saints whose lives affect the life of the church even today. The first presentation will be on Saint Catherine Drexel, who spent some of her life helping those most in need in Nashville.
- Sunday, February 17: Joan Watson of Aquinas College will present St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the top three most important theologians in all of Church history
We will put the schedule of adult education in the bulletin each week.
Deacon Jim McKenzie
Director of Pastoral Ministries
Cathedral of the Incarnation
Do you know what you believe?
Do you know why you believe it?
Do you live in such a way that people who see you know what you profess to believe?
Does your heart burn for an intimate relationship with God?
Do you hunger for deeper meaning and purpose in your life?
Do you wonder what your life is all about?
Does your daily life, with its struggles, cause you to question God's presence?
Do you wonder how you can do more to reach out to people in need?
These and many other questions are at the heart of Adult Formation at
Faith seeks understanding: it is intrinsic to faith that a believer
desires to know better the One in whom he has put his faith and to understand
better what He has revealed; a more penetrating knowledge will in turn
call forth a great faith, increasingly set a fire by love. . . in the
words of St. Augustine, "I believe, in order to understand; and I understand,
the better to believe."
What is Adult Formation? The
Future of Our Church!
In 1999 the United States Bishops developed an exciting new emphasis
on the importance of adult faith formation for the future of the church
and in response to the increasing spiritual hunger of our times.
The Bishops write in the their Pastoral Plan "Our Hearts Were Burning
Let us strengthen our commitment and intensify our efforts to help the
adults in our communities be touched and transformed by the life-giving
message of Jesus, to explore its meaning, experience its power, and
live in its light as faithful adult disciples today. Let us do our part
with creativity and vigor our hearts aflame with love to empower adults
to know and live the message of Jesus. This is the Lord's work. In the
power of the Spirit it will not fail but will bear lasting fruit for
the life of the world. (OHWB, no. 183)
Adult Faith Formation is the process by which people consciously grow
in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer and study.
(OHWB no. 5)
Adult formation includes
formation and social action.
Come Away and Rest for Awhile:
Retreat Centers We Have Known
"Be Still and Know that I am God."
Looking for a place for peace and solitude? Want to work on your prayer
life? Need some time alone to nourish your spiritual and emotional life?
Below is a list of retreat centers within driving distance from Nashville.
Some have been experienced by Cathedral Staff and friends who have been
there have recommended others. These centers offer a variety of experiences
from guided retreats, directed retreats, or days of solitude and silence.
Just give them a call to find the right place for your needs.
After you have attended one of the retreat centers, email
firstname.lastname@example.org and tell
us about your experience and we may post it on this site.
We received these comments
from a Cathedral parishioner about her stay
at Carmel Center:
“The Hermitages are clean; simply, but adequately furnished, and Bonnie
(who is one of the pair who gave the land) is hospitable but not
intrusive. The rent for overnight is reasonable. I stayed in the
Hermitage named for Father Fleming; who was instrumental in helping this
get started; and enjoyed reading the brief history of the Center. The
grounds are conducive to quiet reflection; in addition to the lovely
rolling hills, there is a small lake with water lilies; and sitting on a
bench listening to the life under those giant lily pads was a peaceful
interlude! There is a path around the lake that passes a grotto with
seating in front; another place to stop for contemplation.”
“The Church with the Chapel below is beautiful!! It is opened when
guests are there, and can be used for prayer or just "being"!
“Carmel was so peaceful … I recommend it for a group day retreat and
also for private time.”
Rt. 4 Box 304-2
Ashland City, Tennessee 37015
Abbey of Gethsemani
Trappist, Kentucky 40051
(502) 549-4133 or 4129
115 Dee Head Road
New Haven, Kentucky 40051
Nerinx, Kentucky 40049
of Charity of Nazareth
The Catherine Spaulding Center
P.O. Box 24
Nazareth, Kentucky 40048
(click on retreats)
St. Joseph Retreat Center
Maple Mount, Kentucky 42356
(click on Mt. St. Joseph Retreat and Conf. Ctr.)
Center for Spirituality
1935 Lewiston Place
Louisville, Kentucky 40216
841 E. 14th Street
Ferdinand, Indiana 47532
St. Jude Guest House
St. Meinrad, Indiana 47577
Waters Reflection Center
Route 1, Box 476
Maggie Valley, North Carolina 28751
St. Charles College
Grand Coteau, Louisiana 70541
6700 Riverside Drive., NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30328
Heart Conference Center
P.O. Box 700
Cullman, Alabama 35055
Center of Spirituality
P.O. Box 117
Liberty, Tennessee 37095
See comments from a
of St. Benedict
Our Lady of Grace Monastery
Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center
1402 Southern Avenue
Beech Grove, Indiana 46107
(317) 787-3287 (Monastery)
(317) 788-7581 (Inn)
|St. Meinrad Archabbey
St. Meinrad Archabbey
St. Meinrad , IN 47577
Happenings Around Town to
Nourish Your Body, Mind and Spirit
If you know of spiritual or religious related educational events around
town, let us hear from you and we will post on this site. Note: It
is regrettable that we may not be able to list all events. Call Parish
Office at 327-2330 with information.