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. The 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
Very Reverend Roger K. Arnsparger, VE
Phone: 704-370-3210
Fax: 704-370-3291 / 704-370-3380
Mr. Christopher A. Beal
Phone: 704-370-3247
Fax: 704-370-3380
Kay Jordan
Phone: 704-370-3244
Asheville-Central Region

Regional Coordinator:

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

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

2022-2023 NROFF Calendar Updated 11-21-22

Catechist Formation Opportunities:
The Northern Region Office of Faith Formation sponsors workshops for catechist certification.  Information will be post for each event when available.


2022-2023 Day-Long Catechist Formation Events


2022-2023 Evening Catechist Formation Events



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:

Deacon 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

 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.

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.


The Diocese of Charlotte recognizes that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God; by virtue of their baptism, are people of God. Those with developmental disabilities and intellectual challenges deserve access to faith formation according to their capabilities.