Faith Formation Department 2018 highlights

Intercultural Ministries

Hispanic Ministry

  • V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry Process—12 diocesan delegates attended the preparatory Regional Encuentro in Kansas City; and, 5 diocesan delegates (out of 3500 national delegates) attended the National Encuentro in Grapevine, TX.
  • Diocesan Charismatic Conference—80 volunteers and 400 families from around the diocese attended.
  • Family Conference in Marshall—200 families from several parishes participated.
  • Evangelization: 2 Cursillos weekends (1 men’s and 1 women’s); and, 3 Life in the Spirit Seminars open to anyone—over 200 from attended these retreats.
  • Door-to-door ministry was supported in Marshall, Sedalia, Camdenton, Mexico and Louisiana
  • 3 Train-the-Trainers for parish leaders on Baptism, Matrimony, and Quinceanera preparation at the chancery. Approx. 60 individuals were trained.
  • Continuous Formation for Parish Liturgical Ministers—Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Choir and Music Ministers. Approx. 180 attended the 3 workshops at the chancery, July and September.
  • New Misal Romano Training—13 pastoral and liturgical leaders attended the August workshop.
  • Various Conferences and leadership trainings, Youth and Couple Retreats, Seminars on Parenting in parishes around the diocese, over 400 attended these events.
  • Know Your Rights Workshops—more than 300 people in the chancery and parishes around the diocese attended 5 workshops.
  • Direct parish support— 1-1 consultations, on-site, parish meetings, etc.
  • Financially supported 9 Hispanic candidates to the Permanent Deaconate and Language & Culture immersions for 2 priests.

Filipino Ministry

  • Annual Diocesan Flores de Mayo and Santacruzan Celebration—more than 400 families attended the event on May at Our Lady of the Lake.
  • A process to identify needs and priorities for Filipino Ministry in our Diocese is in its course.

Korean Ministry

  • Monthly Masses in Korean and community gatherings at the Newman Center in Columbia.
  • Weekly meetings for the Korean Legion of Mary and catechesis for children in Korean.
  • A process to identify needs and priorities for Korean Ministry in our Diocese is in its course.

Congolese Ministry

  • A process to identify needs and priorities for Congolese Ministry in our Diocese is in its course.

Marriage Ministries

Marriage Preparation

  • Engaged Encounter—39 couples attended the four weekends offered on March, May, August and November at St. Pius, Moberly.
  • Pre-Cana—127 couples attended the four Pre-Cana sessions offered on March, April, July and October at SSM.
  • Natural Family Planning—the three providers in our diocese (Creighton, Couple to Couple League and Familia de las Américas) served 43 class registrations (in-person and on-line) and numerous introductory classes in local parishes, in English and Spanish.
  • A relationship of support and collaboration within these 5 groups and the Office of Marriage Ministries has been established. The diocese has committed to support and strengthen these ministries in our diocese.

Marriage Enrichment

  • Marriage Encounter—8 Couples attended the weekends offered in 2018. The diocese
  • Retrouvaille—Parishes have received information about the weekends offered in St. Louis for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationships.
  • Resources—a variety of resources (counseling and other resources) have been shared with parishes.

Youth Ministry

  • March for Life, Washington, D.C.—over 400 pilgrims
  • High School Youth Rally—approx. 200 youth attended, from around 24 parishes
  • Totus Tuus—12 missionaries, 28 parishes 1,019 youth (755 children; 264 teens) served
  • CHRISTpower—week-long service program, 21 youth attended
  • Summer Camps—Siena, 23 young women attended; Maccabee, 55 young men attended
  • NET (National Evangelization Team)—3 teams, served 11 parishes, serving several hundred middle and high school youth
  • TEC (Teens Encounter Christ)—1 event serving 16 youth and 1 observer
  • Annual Seminar—approx. 50 leaders and catechists attended, April
  • Annual Retreat—over 30 leaders attended, from approx. 24 parishes, October
  • In-service, Navigating Science and Religion in the Catholic Classroom, approx. 40 attended. 
  • Rich Curran and Parish Success Group—offer a clergy in-service, over 50 attended; and 6 parishes committed to a year-long, follow-up coaching cohort process to evaluate all aspects of parish life and to strategically plan for growth and evangelization
  • Instituted a Youth Ministry Advisory Council, representatives from across the diocese
  • Social media and newsletter—Stayin’ Connected monthly eNewsletter, Facebook and online resources
  • Direct parish support—1-1 consultations, on-site, in services, parish meetings, etc.
  • Pastoral Juvenil—quarterly gathering of Hispanic youth leaders to support, also a vocations “come and see” and a 6-team soccer tournament

Faith Formation Department Team

Enrique Castro—Department Director and Marriage & Inter-Cultural Ministries

John DeLaporte—Religious Education and Youth Ministry

Aurora Guillen—Administrative Assistant, part-time

Kris Hartman—Events (also coordinating events throughout the chancery)

Fr. Greg Meystrik—Moderator of the Curia