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 Lent 2017.

  1. A print program by Loyola Press, Relating to Others as Jesus Would, is part of the very popular Six Weeks with the Bible series. This study is unique in that it spurs us to do our own thinking about Jesus beyond the Gospel stories and flesh out the Gospel accounts using our own imaginations. Filling in the sparse picture that the Gospel writers have provided will lead us closer to Jesus who invites us to know him and learn from him. As we ponder how Jesus treated the people in his life, he will help us see how he would like us to treat the people in ours. This study will explore Jesus’ way of relating to his family, to seekers, to those known as sinners, to people he met along the way, to those who rejected him, and to his friends. All biblical text is printed in the study guide. [Paperback ISBN 110:0-8294-2065-7, $7.95 To order: 800-256-0589X233 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.  [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. *20 % all materials until March 1, 2017. To order: 800-932-3051 or . ]  
  3. Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance is an 8-part Bible study by Jeff Cavins and Thomas Smith that will enrich your faith and show you how to live it out. In this study you will:* Discover what it means to be not just a son or daughter of God, but an heir to all he has to give.* Learn about the great mystery of how we can love one another as Christ loves the Church.* Find out that you have a place in God’s “plan of sheer goodness.”  
    This series is available for loan through the St. Louis Archdiocesan Media Center. [Starter Pack with the 4-DVD set and Study Guide = $99.00. Study Set = $19.95. Discount order 40 or more = 15% Use promo cade “St. Louis.” To order 800-376-0520 X1231 or ]

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