"Make me know your ways,  O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long."
Ps 25: 4-5



Welcome to the Office of Lay Formation.

Under Priority 5: Promoting Faith Formation, Church Teaching and Evangelization in the Diocesan 5-Year Pastoral Plan, Critical Issue A “Adult Faith Formation” was identified as follows:

“There is a critical need in our Diocese for more adult faith formation opportunities. Recognizing this need, the Diocese is committed to the facilitation of expanded faith formation options in the Diocese and its parishes.”

The Office of Lay Formation is working to fulfill this commitment, and is pleased to announce a Lay Formation Program beginning in September 2016.
Participants in the three-year program will join the candidates in the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program and will take courses that will renew their faith and assist them to see their call in the world.

Each year will consist of 10 weekends including one retreat weekend, and each weekend will have human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral elements. Courses during the three years will cover topics relating to theological foundations, Christology, ecclesiology and pastoral considerations. There will also be another course on one additional Saturday per month.

The program is open to anyone who actively participates in parish life and is interested in a journey of authentic and deeper discovery of faith.

Please check with your parish office or download our brochure (click on the image) for more details.



Newman Institute On-Line Course

There is a comprehensive selection of on-line courses on various aspects of the Catholic faith.
Anyone interested can take an individual course for interest, or work toward one or all of the 21 specialized Certificates in Catholic Studies.

The Certificate in Catholic Studies courses are approximately 25 hours each over a five-week period. Each course requires the completion of readings, assignments, and participation in on-line discussions.
Cost per course is $85.
Students may register completely online at http://www.newman.edu.ccs
A limited number of bursaries are available.


Ms. Cecile Miller, Director

Advisory Board
Bishop Brian Dunn
Ms. Cecile Miller, Chair
Ms. Debbie Aker
Monique and Berkley DeCoste
Rev. Mr. Michael Doyle
Ms. Marie Duggan
Ms. Irene Lefort
Mr. David Nearing
Ms. Mary Samson



Sponsored by the Lay Formation Office

Book Study: Pope Francis – On Love in the Family

AmorisLaetitiaPope Francis has captured the hopes and dreams, struggles and trials of family life today, in his insightful document Amoris Laetitia – On Love in the Family. We invite you to join us in a book study of this remarkable work.
With the aid of Tom Penny our facilitator, we will spend three evenings:
October 12, October 19 and October 26, 2016
exploring and discussing Pope Francis’ thought and its implications on our faith and our lives. Tom is a seasoned facilitator, former Chaplain and teacher of Religious Education for Adults and Youth. He holds a graduate degree in Theology and is a parishioner of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Sydney.
The book study will be held at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 200 Churchill Drive, Membertou, NS, beginning at 6:30pm each evening and a copy of the book will be provided. Please register with Debbie by calling 902-539-6188 ext 226 or email  as the number of books are limited.