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Adult Faith Formation

 “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart,

a revolution which has to start with each one of us?” 

– Dorothy Day

The Faith Formation for Adults ministry supports growth in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel, leading to a deeper  relationship with Jesus Christ and service to the poor and marginalized. The ministry engages all the faith dimensions of an adult life—for example, understanding and communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good. Programs offered to adults include Scripture study groups, Small Christian Community discussion groups, various personal and spiritual growth courses, spiritual renewal and retreat programs, the adult conversion to Catholicism process, and many more.

The three major goals in adult faith formation are: 

  1. Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life;

  2. Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community; 

  3. Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World.

*excerpted and adapted from “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States”

Becoming Catholic:

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

The RCIA is the communal process of spiritual and educational formation through which adults explore the Catholic Faith and become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church.


RCIA is for adults wishing to become Catholic, Catholics who would like to complete the sacraments of initiation, and Catholics who want to learn more about their faith.

To learn more about the RCIA Program, please click here.

Bible Studies

Bible studies are offered as 6 week courses on various books of the Bible. Four 6-week courses are offered per year. Courses are offered on Sunday mornings from 10:15-11:15am in the Parish Library.

Formation Courses

Courses on theology and spirituality are offered throughout the year. Please check the "Current/Upcoming Offerings" section for details. 

Spiritual Life Ministries

Mark Dannenfelser



404-261-7181 ext. 127

Gretchen Heath

Administrative Assistant


404-261-7181 ext. 123

Current/Upcoming Offerings

The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything Course

Four Tuesdays: February 4 - February 25

7-8:30pm in the Chanel Center

Students will read and discuss Fr. Richard Rohr’s most important book to date - The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything  


The 4-week course will be packed with opportunities for student to:

  • learn about a forgotten teaching on Christ,

  • experience Christian contemplative practices,

  • participate in community through reflection, discussion and prayer, and

  • intend to be a more loving, engaged presence in the world.

“God loves things by becoming them.’” (Introduction to The Universal Christ, by Richard Rohr)

Course Facilitator: This course will be taught by Mark Dannenfelser


Cost: Students need only to purchase the book (on their own); estimated cost $12.50


To Register: mdannenfelser@olachurch.org

Spiritual Life Ministries help foster the spiritual life of the members of our community through activities including retreats, prayer, special courses, and discussion groups. 

Learn more about OLA's Spiritual Life Ministries by clicking here

Spiritual Life Ministries Current Offerings

Wednesday Men's Group Winter/Spring Program

The OLA Wednesday Men's Group (WMG) is announcing its Winter/Spring 2020 program, and sending out this invitation to other OLA Men to participate.


We will be reading and discussing Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput (of the Philadelphia, PA Archdiocese). In this book, Archbishop Chaput critiques the new realities of "post-Christian America" in an effort to assist faithful Catholics in navigating 21st century US society. The program will follow a study guide, with light weekly reading assignments.


We will begin on Wednesday, January 22nd with a video intro of the topic, along with an overview of how we will structure the program, from current OLA WMG members.

Those interested in joining us are encouraged view the video primer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtElRVDdY-k) to learn more about the book we will study, as well as obtain a copy of Archbishop Chaput's book (see title above - about $10 on Amazon).


The OLA WMG was founded in October of 2016, with a commitment to OLA Men seeking a classic, mid-week, evening meeting format. Our group offers brotherhood, fellowship, and a deeper appreciation of our Catholic faith, to OLA's male parishioners. The group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:00PM to 8:30PM in the Library of the church's office. For more information, please email us at OLAWednesdayMensGroup@gmail.com, or contact Matt Foley at (404) 240-0235 or Kevin O'Toole at (404) 451-3092.