Holy Spirit College – Commitment to the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Atlanta
In 2015, Archbishop Wilton Gregory promulgated a new Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. In the plan, the Archbishop identified four key areas in need of pastoral attention. The first of the four areas is “Knowing Our Faith.” The Archbishop proposes three pastoral solutions for communicating knowledge of the Catholic faith. The first and third solution concerns faith formation in the family and increased family participation in parish life. The second solution suggests that leaders throughout the Archdiocese “prioritize adult catechesis.”
Holy Spirit College aims to support the Archdiocese’s Pastoral Plan in this respect by dedicating specific resources for the goal of adult catechesis. The College offers an ongoing program which trains adult catechists and parish lay leaders who seek basic parish certification with concentration upon either elementary age, adolescent, or adult age learners. The College’s graduate programs in Catholic sacred theology (MTS and MTh) also serve the ecclesial mission of adult catechesis. In these graduate programs, the catechesis which adult degree candidates have previously received is reinforced and expanded. Degree candidates are immersed in the intellectual tradition of the Catholic faith, made aware of the contemporary intellectual challenges facing Catholic practice today, and prepared with effective resources to meet such challenges. Graduates of these programs have gone forward to contribute to adult catechesis efforts throughout the Archdiocese.
For more information about the College’s programs and how they may contribute to the Archdiocesan goal of advancing adult catechesis, please contact Kim Schulman.
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