Adult Religious Education



The Jubilee of Mercy which began last December 8, 2015 and continues to November 20, 2016 has been for us a time of many blessings and opportunities to deepen our understanding of the infinite mercy of God and our call to imitate God’s mercy in our daily lives. Adult religious education programs in our parishes have invited participants to deepen their understanding of the faith and their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is in knowing Jesus intimately that we will be able to model his mercy to our families, our parishes, and the world.

As we continue the Jubilee of Mercy and carry its benefits in the future of our Church, the Religious Education Department suggests these programs and materials that your parishioners may find helpful for Fall 2016. 

  1. A print program by Loyola Press, Being Disciples of Jesus, is part of the very popular Six Weeks with the Bible series. Jesus must have had a captivating appeal that made lots of people want to follow in his way. Being called by Jesus and accepting the challenge to follow him radically changed the lives of his first disciples. Today, Jesus continues to issue the call to discipleship, and people continue to choose to follow him. Reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ relationship with his disciples will challenge us to tackle the issues of discipleship—issues that deal with nothing less than the purpose and the direction of our lives. Today’s disciples are challenged to do what Jesus did: teach, heal, take up the cross, and bring signs of God’s kingdom into the world. This study explores what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and then lets us decide to answer the call to follow him. All biblical text is printed in the study guides. See the attached flyer for ordering information. Six Weeks with the Bible 
  2. Another print program is a series of eight small texts created by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization at the request of Pope Francis, and published by Our Sunday Visitor. During the past Lenten season we particularly suggested three titles in the series: The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, The Saints in Mercy, and The Parables of Mercy. As we continue the Jubilee of Mercy, you might choose one of those titles or The Psalms of Mercy, Mercy in the Fathers of the Church, Mercy in the Teachings of the Popes, Confession: The Sacrament of Mercy, or Celebrating Mercy. Free downloadable study guides are available online at The books are flexible for shorter or longer gathering times, which makes them equally useful for adult education while PSR classes are in session, or for brief faculty in-services. See the attached flyer for ordering information. The Works of Mercy 
  3. In Catholicism: The Pivotal Players, Volume 1, Bishop Robert Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church’s most influential people. This multi-part film series illuminates a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. In Volume 1, participants will:  
  • Discover the places where St. Thomas Aquinas lived, learned, and wrote
  • Visit the countryside whre St. Francis gathered a group of friars and revived the church
  • Trek through England whre Blessed John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton left their mark, sparking an English Catholic revival
  • Through unprecedented HD footage, you will marvel at the extraordinary art of Michelangelo, from his David statue in Florence, to the Pietà at St. Peter's, to the Sistine Chapel

See the attached flyer for ordering information. Materials will ship in September 2016. This series will be available for loan through the St. Louis Archdiocesan Media Center when materials arrive in September.  Pivotal Players

4. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is Dr. Edward Sri’s newest series. Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer—He wants you to be his disciple and friend. In this series Dr. Sri is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him. He calls us to be his disciples, to trust him, to open ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he has loved us. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John will guide you through John’s Gospel and invite you to encounter Christ every step of the way. As you read about Jesus calling his first disciples, meeting the woman at the well, and offering himself for us on the Cross, you are invited to enter these dramatic moments, not as a bystander, but as a witness of God’s merciful love for us made manifest in Jesus Christ. In each of the eight 30-minute video sessions, Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Jesus. See the attached flyer for ordering information. This series is now available for loan through the St. Louis Archdiocesan Media Center. Follow Me 

If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Barbara Blackburn
Director of Religious Education Formation
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119