Contact: Dianna Fouhy, tel: 09-360 3010, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walk By Faith programme is attracting Catholics who wish to learn more about their faith and to reflect on their relationship with God. Walk By Faith ‘pilgrims’ of the Auckland and Hamilton Diocese graduated with their Diploma in Religious Education at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre, Auckland on the First Sunday of Advent, 27th November, 2016.
After a 3 year period of reflection on the Scriptures, the Teaching of the Catholic Church and the writings of theologians from the past and of today and integrating this with their own faith journey, the Walk By Faith (WBF) graduates each recently delivered a project with people in their community.
The projects completed by Year 3 WBF participants ranged from exploration of Laudato Si and its impact on kiwi living, to examining the impact of Pope Francis’ use of Social Media in Ministry. Other areas explored included the use of the Our Father, the Commandments and the Creed as ways of exploring faith, and meditative and active prayer and the place of silence in the Eucharistic celebration. The emphasis of all the projects was to grow awareness of the weaving of the Catholic tradition through the everyday faith experiences by providing a systematic, contemplative reflection on lived faith.
Those pictured above, from left to right are: Dianna Fouhy (WBF Coordinator, Auckland), Jane Diment (Hamilton), and Abigail Kalinowski, Anne Sunde, Agnieszka Dawidowska, William Hadnett, Teresa Hadnett, Peter Garrick (WBF Tutor), Jeanette Mathers and Blossom Fernandes from the Auckland Diocese. Absent: Hannah Fouhy (Auckland). Vanya Snowden graduated in St Joseph’s parish, Kaitaia, 18th Dec, 2016, supported by her tutor, Gil Price.
Walk By Faith aspires to build confidence in people, leading them to be active in the life and Mission of the Church in the 21st Century. This is achieved by fostering personal and spiritual formation, deepening the understanding of Church teaching, Scripture and integrating this with faith and life experience.
Exploring our understanding of ourselves and our search for meaning in life.
- Relationship to self and to God
- Spirituality and Holiness
On the successful completion of Year One, participants receive a
Certificate of Spiritual Formation
“Growing understanding of faith”
Deepening our faith in the light of the person and Gospel of Jesus Christ
- Symbol, ritual, sacrament
On the successful completion of Year Two, participants receive a
Certificate in Biblical and Sacramental Formation.
“Growing evangelisation skills”
Expressing our Christian Faith in Mission
- Project Presentation
On successful completion of Year Three, participants receive a
Diploma in Religious Studies
Previous study is not necessary. The learning process includes reflecting on your experience; discussion and reading; integrating this into your life and learning and making a personal response:. Becoming ‘fit for mission’.
Each year of the programme is divided into 4-6 modules, each of which takes about 6 weeks of study. A year group may be divided into several tutorial groups for ease of meeting and discussion. Each group has a tutor.
- Each module begins with a day retreat / seminar and is followed by a tutorial.
- Participants receive a work-book and a book of readings to assist them in their study.
- Assignments enable participants to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
The programme concludes in Year 3 with an outreach project which may be done by participants individually or in groups.
Time Commitment: It is suggested that participants set aside some time each week for course work in order to receive the most benefit from their reading and reflection.
Cost: The Walk By Faith Programme in the Auckland Diocese in 2017 is a subsidised cost for each participant of $50.00. This cost applies for each year level.