Adult Religious Education


Adult religious education programs in our parishes continue to invite 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 accept his call to discipleship. The Religious Education Department suggests these programs and materials that parishioners may find helpful for Fall/Advent 2017.

1. Mary: Jesus' Mother and Ours is part of the very popular Six Weeks with the Bible series published by Loyola Press.

This study will explore six episodes of Mary's life in the Gospels of Luke and John. Their accounts are very sparse and we lack many of the details of Mary's life that we would like to have. Consequently, we have to put our imagination to work. Participants will explore the world Mary lived in, her home town of Nazareth, a hillside farming village, the places she visited and how she most likely travelled on foot. We will look at the work Mary did with Joseph at their home and in their community. Archaeology can reveal what her house might have been like and the culture of her time. Filling in the sparse picture that the Gospel writers have provided will lead us closer to the Mary of the Gospels, who always leads us to her Son, Jesus, and invites us to know him and learn from him. Study guides include all Biblical texts, prayer, reflection, and guided questions for discussion. Available is Spanish.
English: ISBN 110:0-8294-2065-7 $7.95
Spanish: ISBN: 978-0-8294-3616-7 $7.95
[Quantity discounts available: 10 units: 10% off, 50 units: 20% off, 100 units: 30% off.] To order, please contact: Annie Lauer, Educational Consultant, Sales 800-256-0589 X233 or

2. 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 where St. Francis gathered a group of friars and revived the church
  • See the places where St. Catherine of Siena ministered and prayed
  • Trek through England where 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.

This series is available for loan through the St. Louis Archdiocesan Media Center. Or, to purchase call 800-932-3051 or]
Leader's Kit with DVD set, Study Guide, Set of 120 prayer cards, Praying with the Pivotal Players book = $229
Individual Study Guide = $24.95.

3. LECTIO: Philippians by Dr. Tim Gray of Augustine Institute
Towards the end of his life, under arrest and awaiting trial in Rome, Saint Paul writes a short but powerful letter to the Philippians. Paul's affection for the Christian community at Philippi is apparent from his opening words. The Philippians were not only Paul's sons and daughters in the Faith but also his partners in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With his words and the example of his life, Paul exhorts the Philippians to have the mind of Christ, to live a life worthy of the Gospel, and, by God's grace, to gain Christ. In six sessions on three DVDs, Dr. Tim Gray combines insight and practical guidance using the lectio divina disciplines to make the Scriptures come alive in Philippians: Life in Christ. This program is brought to you by the strategic partnership of Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, and Lighthouse Catholic Media

This series is available for loan through the St. Louis Archdiocesan Media Center at 314- 92 7361. To purchase, call Cindy Reznikov at Lighthouse Catholic Media at 314-265-4315 or Augustine Institute at 800-777-7502.
DVD Set: ISBN 978-0-9982041-6-1 $59.95
Study Guides: ISBN 978-0-9982041-5-4 $24.95
Leader's Guide: ISBN 978-0-9982041-4-7 $34.95 

If you have questions, please call Dr. Barbara Blackburn at 314-792-7373.

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