The Department of Lifelong Faith Formation of the Diocese of Buffalo facilitates the creation and implementation of curriculum guidelines for parish faith formation with children and teens of school age and their families. Consistent with the standards and mandates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, these curriculum guidelines strive to provide parishes a helpful way to strengthen systematic and comprehensive catechesis.
These diocesan standards, framwork and content guides (A.K.A. 'curriculum') is entitled, Forming Disciples. It most helpful if used as a guide to strengthen and revitalize formation ministries for all ages. It is intended to be used to strengthen and deepen the transmission of faith for all ages and across parish ministries.
The Department of Lifelong Faith Formation will support parish planning to more effectively form young disciples and families through workshops, webinars, and individual parish on-site consultations. We specialize in assisting pastors and parish leaders to evaluate their current setting and develop a plan to integrate appropriate enhancements to meet the new standards of the curriculum over time.
The planning priorities of the "Forming Disciples" framework place the following criteria at the center of parish-based faith formation:
1. Family Focus - programming must engage families in formation together as well as seek ways to equipped adults to grow and practice faith in the home on a regular and consistent basis.
2. Intentional Connections - faith formation initiatives will seek connections with Sunday worship, the wider parish community as well as the local community in order to connect faith and life in relevent and postive ways.
3. Gathered and Non-Gathered opportunities for learning and formation will be coordinated through small faith sharing groups, age-group experiences and independent learning (non-gathered) will be cultivated with digitally enabled formation.
4. Service experiences, which address the real needs of those in the local and/or global community, will include age-appropriate theological reflection which is integrally connected to our Catholic faith.
Pastors and parish catechetical leaders may contact us at anytime to discuss a customized planning process and arrange for a consultation. Our role is to partner with you as you seek the best ways to grow faith at home and in the parish that are most closely aligned with our diocesan standards.