Lifelong Formation

The mission of the Office of Lifelong Formation is to lift, form and empower parishes and their leadership, ministries and parishioners, enabling a lifelong process of formation that inspires and deepens faith and a relationship with Christ.

The Office of Lifelong Formation seeks to fulfill the overall vision and mission of the Renew My Church initiative by being the go-to resource for lifelong opportunities. The Office of Lifelong Formation is committed to nurturing missionary discipleship, building bonds among the faithful and developing vital ministries in a Christ-centered environment.

What We Do
The Office of Lifelong Formation serves our archbishop and the people in the Archdiocese of Chicago by coordinating a range of functions and ministries, and hosting events throughout the archdiocese. The Office of Lifelong Formation assists catechetical and parish leaders, catechists and school teachers in working through faith formation and certification, and creates resources for parishes and communities. 

The office aims to assist in youth and young adult ministry and provides resources for marriage preparation and family ministry. We are also a support system for Vicariates and provide procedure, guidelines and policies for local parishes.

Lifelong Formation Newsletter
Taking Shape is a monthly newsletter designed to support, strengthen collaboration and celebrate formation ministers across the Archdiocese of Chicago. Each month, the Lifelong Formation Newsletter provides updates and announcements from the Archdiocese, events and opportunities for parish ministers, resources for ministry with children, youth, and families, resources related to the formation and sacramental preparation of adults, and stories of inspiration for parish ministers. We are confident that every edition of Taking Shape will support parish ministers in sowing seeds of hope as witnesses, teachers and companions on the journey of faith. Subscribe here.

Archived editions of Taking Shape are available here:

January 2021 (link)
February 2021 (link)
March 2021 (link)
April 2021 (link)
May 2021 (link)
June 2021 (link)
August 2021 (link)
September 2021 (link)
October 2021 (link)