Adult Faith Formation (AFF) assists the community in life long faith formation. The goal is to provide opportunities for growth in faith that encompass spirituality and prayer life, learning more about faith and belief, and building community while forming faith. AFF offers a number of different programs throughout the year, including speaker presentations, classroom and online courses, workshops, days of reflection, retreats, and more.

Contact TBD
Email aff@stagnesshepherdstown.org

Classes and Discussions

Small Faith Sharing Groups

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Scripture Sharing

Join our scripture sharing group every Monday at 12:00 noon via Zoom to share your thoughts and reflect on the meaning of the Word.

Upcoming VLCFF courses offered through the Diocese

The following five-week courses are being offered through the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) and the Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation. They are

  • sponsored 100% by the Diocese
  • count toward Catechetical Certification
  • being taught by Dr. Rodica Stoiociu

These courses are hybrid models.  They are composed of both weekly live two-hour zoom lectures as well as a rich variety of online course materials and discussion experiences.  The courses are being underwritten by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s Office of Evangelization & Catechesis, who pays 100% of the tuition and the cost of any books associated with the courses.

For further information or to register, please contact Jeanne McKeets at jmckeets@dwc.org with your name, address, email, and phone number.

Survey of Catholic Doctrine

January 9th – February 12th, 2023
(5-week session)

Have you ever wanted to explore your faith more deeply and understand more clearly the Trinity, Jesus as God’s self revealed, the Holy Spirit and much more? We will study some of the major doctrines of the Catholic Church through the five-week hybrid course Survey of Catholic Doctrine. There are no prerequisites, just bring your questions and a desire to learn about your faith. This course combines Zoom lectures/discussions once a week on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm led by Dr. Rodica Stoicoiu with materials available online through the VLCFF website and meets the course requirement for catechetical certification for the diocese.

New Testament

January 9th-February 12th, 2023
(5-week session)

This course builds on the material learned in Introduction to Scripture and assumes a basic understanding of how Catholics read and interpret Scripture. We will explore the world behind the text of the New Testament, its history and culture, as well as examine how we today read and understand these texts in light of our own world and culture. We will look at how all four Gospels developed, study the letters of Paul, and examine the world of first century Christianity.

You will be able to work online taking quizzes and accessing material, as well as meet once a week via Zoom for class lecture and discussion with the course facilitator, Dr. Rodica Stoicoiu. The Zoom sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.

Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion Group meets on the third Friday of each month (except August) to discuss a book selected by the group. Our choices are eclectic, ranging from theology to novels. All are welcome to attend any or all discussions.

Facilitator:  Eileen Dooley
Email: dooleywoods@comcast.net