Pastoral Formation Monthly Update

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January Buzz Report

Happy New Year and welcome to the new monthly Buzz Report from Pastoral Formation! This new format will take the place of my rather non-enticing monthly reports from previous years. I hope that you will find it helpful and informative. I want to thank Cathy Roche for this new endeavor, as she is giving me some part-time support in the office.

This month we begin our Faith Formation for Mission and Ministry (FFMM) seminars with the Beaufort Deanery. In this January edition, please note especially the section on our upcoming second semester schedule. Year III of FFMM focuses on Catholic Social Teaching and The Moral Life.

I pray your New Year is filled with all that gives your life meaning and purpose.

Peace and all good,

Sister Kathy Adamski, OSF

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2018

Throughout the story of salvation in the scriptures, a reoccuring theme is the unrelenting determination of the Lord to form a people whom He could call His own. Time and time again, our gracious and loving God reached out, only for humans to stray again. The formation of such a people, united in a sacred covenant with God, is integral to the Lord's plan of salvation and to the glorification of His name. The prophets repeatedly remind Israel that their covenant demanded that relationships among its various social groups should be characterized by justice, compassion and mercy. Reconciliation often demands repentance, reparation and healing of memories. As Pope Francis often challenges us, let us be open not only to Christians, that we may once again all unite, but let us pray that all peoples of faith come to a deep respect and understanding of each other. We might not always agree, but we can listen and respect each other. May your formation in the New Year be one of surprise and expectation of a God whom loves you deeply.

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Second Semester Faith Formation for Mission and Ministry Schedule -- Year III

January 23, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Deanery: Beaufort
Venue/Host Parish: St. Peter's Catholic Church, Beaufort
Parishes: Holy Family, St. Gregory the Great, St. Francis by the Sea

February 6, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Deanery: Charleston
Venue/Host Parish: St. Benedict Catholic Church, Mount Pleasant
Parishes: St. Clare of Assisi, Stella Maris, Christ Our King

February 7, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Deanery: Charleston
Venue/Host Parish: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, North Charleston
Parishes: St. John the Beloved, Immaculate Conception, St. Theresa the Little Flower, Divine Redeemer, St. John (North Charleston), St. Philip Benizi

February 13, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Deanery: Charleston
Venue: Diocesan Pastoral Center, Charleston
Host Parish: Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Charleston
Parishes: Cathedral, Sacred Heart, St. Mary of the Annunciation, St. Patrick, Holy Spirit, Nativity

February 15, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Deanery: Columbia
Venue/Host Parish: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Columbia
Parishes: St. Peter, St. Thomas More USC, St. Martin de Porres

February 20, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Deanery: Columbia
Venue/Host Parish: Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, Columbia
Parishes: Our Lady of the Lake, Good Shepherd

February 27, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Deanery: Columbia
Venue/Host Parish: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Lexington
Parishes: St. John of the Cross, Holy Trinity

February 28, 2018
8:30 a.m.
Deanery: Columbia
Venue/Host Parish: St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Columbia
Parishes: St. Anne (Sumter), St. Jude (Sumter), St. Ann (Santee), Transfiguration, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Theresa (Winnsboro)

To inquire about make-up sessions for Years I and II or to register for Year III sessions, please contact Cathy Roche (843) 261-0504 or email her at
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Who is NALM?

Sr. Kathy is a current member of NALM (National Association for Lay Ministry). NALM is dedicated to providing vision, voice, leadership, and advocacy for lay ministers and for the development of lay ministry in the Catholic Church. We do this through fostering and supporting the spiritual and theological formation, training, and ongoing development of career and volunteer lay ministers.

NALM traces its roots to 1976 when a group of lay people, vowed religious, and clergy began meeting annually to share their expertise and to support each other in the common goal of establishing and improving programs of lay ministry formation throughout the United States. Five years later in 1981, a visionary group formally established NALM. Today, the original vision has expanded to include lay ministers serving parishes, diocesan offices, higher education, healthcare, and prisons throughout the U.S. and world.

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NALM 2018 Conference May 30 - June 2

NALM members will come together in Chicago this year to celebrate this collaborative conference with the NCCL, NALM, and FCH (Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics). Apart from the opportunity for prayer, rejuvenation, and formation, our gathering will provide us with the best opportunity to connect as catechetical professionals. You’ll come away with confidence in leadership, a broader and deeper network, and fresh ideas ready to use in your own faith community.

Learn more about ticket types, encounters and specialized session selection, registering multiple people, and location information below.

Your Best Lent Ever

"When we focus our attention on becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves, our lives are flooded with energy, enthusiasm, and a real and sustainable joy." -- Matthew Kelly

Experience your 40 Days of Lent as an incredibly transformative experience while learning simple yet powerful ways to become the person God created you to be. Your Best Lent Ever provides you with 40 days of emails containing inspiration videos from Matthew Kelly, practical tips for everyday life, and personal stories from the team at Dynamic Catholic. To sign up for this guide to your 40-day Lenten journey, please visit:
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Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Catholic News Agency was founded in 2004, in response to Pope St. John Paul II’s call for a “New Evangelization." It is one of the fastest-growing Catholic news providers in the world.

CNA provides free, up-to-the-minute news affecting the Universal Church, giving particular emphasis to the words of the Holy Father and happenings of the Holy See, to any person with access to the internet. CNA is proud to offer free access to its news items to Catholic dioceses, parishes, and websites, in order to increase awareness of the activities of the universal Church and to foster a sense of Catholic thought and culture in the life of every Catholic. Though its focus is spread throughout the world, CNA closely covers the Catholic Church in the United States and news related to the creation of a culture of life.


The Catholic News Agency's roots begin with its sister agency, ACI Prensa, which was founded in Lima, Peru, in 1980 by Fr. Adalbert Marie Mohm (†1986)

Fr. Mohm, a German missionary, wanted to provide a steady flow of Catholic news to the secular media and to news readers, in order to increase the visibility of the Catholic Church in the public square and to help serve its mission.

Today ACI Prensa ( is the largest and most visited online source of Catholic news in Spanish and Portuguese.

The editor-in-chief of Catholic News Agency is JD Flynn. Mr. Flynn has previously worked as Special Assistant to Bishop James Conley in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, and as chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver. He has a licentiate in canon law from the Catholic University of America, and a master's degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Catholic News Agency is overseen by Mr. Alejandro Bermúdez, who serves as executive director of CNA and ACI Prensa. Mr. Bermúdez, a Peruvian journalist, received his training in Social Communications from the University of Lima. In addition to serving as head of CNA and ACI Prensa, he is also the Latin American correspondent for Our Sunday Visitor, the National Catholic Register, and the Spanish magazine Razón y Fe. He is also the host of Cara a Cara on EWTN.

In accord with its goal to provide Catholic news free of charge, CNA and ACI Prensa are funded, almost entirely, by gifts from our readers and benefactors.

Catholic News Agency is an apostolate of EWTN News.

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Spiritual Direction

The opportunity for Spiritual Direction exists in our diocese. A complete list of certified directors can be found on our departmental website: Most directors ask for a nominal fee to help defray the cost of their education and often on a sliding scale. For the most part, spiritual directions occurs once a month.
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