Faith Formation

Women's Ministry Staff

Coordinator of
Women's Ministry
Barbara Prasad
573-635-9127, ext. 222

Administrative Assistant
Maddie Gramlich
573-635-9127, ext. 237

Alphonse J. Schwartze Catholic Center
2207 West Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914

Who We Are

Faith in Action Together Pillar of Formation

Faith formation is an ongoing process as we are brought deeper into a Catholic way of life. This is a life-long process and one we hope to journey together on. You will find suggestions here for ways in which you can grow independently, or with others, in your understanding and love of God. 

We have multiple resources for you to explore. You will find a quarterly group recommendation, information on completing a Marian consecration, lists of recommended books and study resources, and more! These are all great opportunities to gather other women to explore a topic or study together. 

If you are looking for individual guidance, check out our spiritual companion page to find individuals and groups that can help you grow in your spiritual life. 


Start a Small Group Bible Study

One of the best ways to learn about our faith is by gathering together in small groups and participating in small group book studies. Talking about what we read helps us formulate our thoughts and beliefs. Listening to others can bring new insight. Sharing forms connections. Starting a book study does not have to be hard or complicated. We hope this page can help get you going. Each month you will find a book of the month suggestion. The book of the month is a featured suggestion that has been sent in by women in our diocese. These are recommendations others have found enjoyable in their parish. We also have a quarterly Diocesan Book club. We hope that parishes will host these qurterly books look for inromation below

Sign up to Lead a Quarterly Women's Group Study

Four times a year we'll offer opportunities to gather together and discuss one book across the diocese.

Look in "Our 2024 Quarterly Books" for information and discussion questions for our April- June books Catholic Mom Calm and What Would Monica Do? 

Our summer book is Women in the New Testament. Dive into selections from the gospels, Jesus' parables, and the Acts of the Apostles with this 6 week study on the women who followed Jesus and helped shape the early Church. With discussion questions for every chapter and online video supplements, this study will inspire you to see the women of the Bible in new ways.

Discount copies are available from our office for $11! Click here to purchase

Join a Quarterly Read Group

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Our 2024 Quarterly Books

Preview upcoming books for every quarter of 2024!

Reading Groups at Your Parish

Each quarter we will feature a different book. All you have to do is let us know you are willing to lead the study and we will get you information on ordering the books and help promote your date, time and location. We hope to have studies going on throughout our diocese! 

We also want to know about groups in the diocese doing the 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration!

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Featured June Book

33 Days to Eucharistic Glory

Recommended by Jo Anderson (Jefferson City) and Melody Hoover (Monroe City)

Life is a pilgrimage. It is a sacred journey toward our eternal home with God. Learn what it means to be a pilgrim in a world that’s constantly trying to reduce you to a tourist and consumer. Journey with Mother Teresa, John Paul II, Thérèse of Lisieux, Maximilian Kolbe, Thomas Aquinas, Sister Faustina, the Children of Fatima, and Mary the Mother of God to experience Jesus in the Eucharist like never before.

Prepare yourself for an explosion of grace in your life. Grace is the assistance God gives us to do what is good, true, noble, and right. And there is no better way to receive God's grace than through the Eucharist. Over the next thirty-three days you will learn how these great saints and others lived in Eucharistic Glory.

This extraordinary spiritual guide will forever change the way you spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist.


Click here to purchase and download the study guide.

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Marian Consecration

Take part in Fr Michael Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat in preparation for Consecration to Mary. This 33 day journey will deepen and renew your devotion to Mary by following four saints with a powerful Marian spirituality.

This retreat consists of a watching a weekly video and doing a daily reading and then meeting once a week for discussion with your group. Groups should start on a date that ends on a Marian feast. On the feast day your group will join together for mass and complete the consecration. Follow links for consecration start dates & additional info.

33 Days

More Book Recommendations

Looking for your next read? There's a book for everyone out there!

We have book recommendations on a variety of topics that have something to offer whether you are new to your faith or looking for something new to add to your collection. 

These books can all be read individually or as part of a book club.