Catholic Life & Faith Formation

Promoting opportunities for the catechesis and spiritual formation of adults. 

The Catholic Life & Faith Formation Team is part of the Office for Evangelisation, and supports individuals and parishes of the Diocese in catechesis and spiritual formation.

Parish life is supported by the facilitation of formation opportunities and resources that empower parishes to form their people in a living, explicit and fruitful faith, by offering short courses and workshops on a regional and local level that enable individuals and parishes to be ever more effective agents of evangelisation, and by supporting adults to act as disciples in mission to the world including through ecumenical, interreligious dialogue, charity and justice. 


Monthly e-News

The Catholic Life & Faith Formation team sends out a monthly email detailing the various adult faith formation opportunities in the Diocese and beyond.

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Education and Formation Calendar

The Education and Formation calendar is published bi-monthly as a pull-out section in Broken Bay News. 


ENCOUNTER Series 2017

We are delighted to offer a series of catechetical and spiritual short courses throughout the Diocese of Broken Bay to support the mission of evangelisation in our parishes, faith communities and our personal lives. With new opportunities for Catholic faith formation made available in a variety of locations across the Diocese, these events are free of charge and are one or two sessions in duration. Sessions typically include a keynote presentation and interactive opportunities including small group discussion and a time for questions and answers. 

The 2017 ENCOUNTER series includes the following:


Spirituality and Retreat Days

There are a number of spirituality and retreat opportunities available to parishes of the Diocese which are offered by the Catholic Life & Faith Formation Team. Topics include reflections on the Prodigal Son; scripture and the Bible; Laudato Si’ and the environment; and a number of very engaging ‘faith and art’ offerings. If your parish would like to take advantage of these, please contact us. Courses can be tailored to best meet parish needs. 


Adult Faith Formation Videos

Michael Leunig and Fr David Ranson in a conversation entitled, "Faith and Grace in Everyday Life."


Hugh Mackay and Fr David Ranson in a conversation entitled, "The Good Life: Discovering Spirit in Australia Today." 


A Skype presentation featuring Fr James Martin (New York City) and Fr Richard Leonard (Sydney, Australia). "Encountering Jesus" is a presentation based on James Martin's book, "Jesus: A Pilgrimage." Filmed at the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills, Sydney, Australia on Saturday 15 November 2014.  


Br Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, speaks on Faith and Science at the Diocese of Broken Bay on 8 September, 2016. 




For more information regarding Catholic Life & Faith Formation, please contact:

David Patterson
Catholic Life & Faith Formation Coordinator
Telephone: 9847 0514


Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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