Faith Formation

The Mission of the Faith Formation Office is to assist in the implementation of the Bishop’s Vision for the Faith Formation Mission of the Diocese of Charlotte. Faith Formation Office provides programs which transmit the Gospel and so invite people to a personal and intentional faith in Jesus Christ. The programs offer the knowledge of how to practice the Catholic faith with coherent integrity as respecting and responsible citizens of this world and the next.

Goals of Faith Formation

  • Promote the knowledge of the Catholic faith
  • Promote a knowledge of the meaning of the Liturgy and Sacraments
  • Promote moral formation in Jesus Christ
  • Teach the Catholic how to pray with Christ
  • Prepare the Catholic to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Catholic Church through the parish and diocese
  • To promote a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society

Regional Coordinators

Diocesan Offices
VICAR FOR EDUCATION/
DIRECTOR FOR FAITH FORMATION
Very Reverend Roger K. Arnsparger, VE
Phone: 704-370-3210
Fax: 704-370-3291 / 704-370-3380
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FAITH FORMATION
Mr. Christopher A. Beal
Phone: 704-370-3247
Fax: 704-370-3380
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Ms. Patricia Onaindia
Phone: 704-370-3244
Fax: 704-370-3380
Asheville-Central Region

Regional Coordinator:

William S. Griffith
Office of Faith Formation
1123 South Church Street
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-370-3241

The Asheville – Central Region includes four Vicariates:
  1. Asheville
  2. Boone
  3. Gastonia
  4. Hickory
Northern Region

Regional Coordinator:

Sister Betty Paul, SP
The Franciscan Center
233 North Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Phone/Fax: 336-271-2917

The Northern Region includes two Vicariates:

  1. Greensboro
  2. Winston-Salem

Catechist Formation Opportunities:
The Northern Region Office of Faith Formation sponsors workshops for catechist certification. Please check out the following links:

  • 2017-2018 NROFF Calendar
  • 2017-2018 Day-Long Catechist Formation Dates
  • Lighting the Fires of Faith XXIII: Saturday, September 23, 2017 – St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Greensboro
  • Catechist Formation Day 2018: Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Holy Family Parish, Clemmons
  • Catechist Formation Workshops November 16, 2017
  • Catechist Formation Workshops March 22, 2018
Services:

The Northern Regional Office has a small resource library of videos/dvds in Spanish and English that are loaned to parishes/missions. The coordinator builds community with the various parish catechetical leaders and youth ministers in the region by holding meetings; strengthening catechetical endeavors by organizing ongoing catechetical training in the region; assessing catechetical needs and educational materials. She advises parishes regarding diocesan catechetical and sacramental policies. She facilitates adult faith formation, sacramental prep catechesis, and confirmation program workshops and retreats in various settings.

Smoky Mountain Region

Regional Coordinator:

Matthew A. C. Newsome, MTh
WCU Catholic Student Center
PO Box 2766
197 Forest Hills Rd
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828.293.9374
Cell: 828.508.0789
Email: smff@wcucatholic.org

 The Region includes the twelve parishes and missions of the Smoky Mountain Vicariate:

Holy Redeemer, Andrews; Prince of Peace Mission, Robbinsville; Saint Francis of Assisi, Franklin; Our Lady of the Mountains Mission, Highlands; Saint John the Evangelist in Waynesville; Immaculate Conception Mission, Canton; Saint Joseph, Bryson City; Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Cherokee; Saint Margaret of Scotland, Maggie Valley; Saint Mary, Mother of God in Sylva; Saint William, Murphy; Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission, Hayesville.

Upcoming Events:holy_writ

Holy Writ: Praying Scripture with Lectio Divina
Saturday, November 12
1:00pm
St.John the Evangelist, Waynesville

Southern Region

Regional Coordinator:

Mr. Christopher Beal
Office of Faith Formation
1123 South Church Street
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-370-3247
Fax: 704-370-3380

The Southern Region Includes three vicariates:

  1. Albemarle
  2. Charlotte
  3. Salisbury

To assist with training for catechists, the Education Vicariate now offers three programs leading to a certificate of completion. With each of these programs the catechists are asked to be in frequent contact with the local Parish Catechetical Program Leader, fellow catechists in the parish and Region, and the Regional Coordinator for continuing formation opportunities and activities.