Small Faith Groups prove that formation doesn’t end at adulthood
Formation in our Catholic faith and Catholic Church teaching doesn’t end at adulthood.
In Dodge City, dozens of adult members of several small faith groups gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe for a potluck celebration. Father Wesley Schawe, cathedral pastor, spoke to the group, sharing his support of their ministry.
When gathered together, the several small faith groups got an idea of just how big the idea of a small faith group can be.
Sister Rose Mary Stein, OP, started the first small faith group back in 1998.
“I have a master’s in adult education,” Sister Rose Mary explained. “I was working on my thesis, which was on small faith groups.” She started her first two groups as a form of practicum to be used toward her degree.
“The purpose was to study the Sunday readings prior to Mass.”
Today there are 15 groups with more than 100 members. Individuals take turn facilitating the meetings, which last from 60 to 90 minutes. The specific time and day of the meeting is determined by the group.
The groups use “spiritual reading books,” or even a DVD series to “get to know Jesus and the Scriptures.”
Groups fall under the following imaginative titles (among others): “Men’s Study,” “Moms,” “Spirited Ladies Group,” “Faithful Followers,” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”
Facilitators include: Steve Hessman, Chris Perak, Marty Neidhart, Jan Harding, Maureen Jones, Pat Rebein, Barbara Lauters, Jaima Oliverez, Bob and Mary Hessman, Glenda Flax, Joan Brock, Doris Meng, Noelle McHugh, Omar Mejia, Kelsey Rebein, Sister Rose Mary Stein, Don Pendergast, and Don and Mary Stein.
Sister Rose Mary strongly encourages other parishes to start their own small faith groups.