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Why Catholic? Reaches Many Across the United States

Over 25 Dioceses Participate in Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization


Plainfield, NJ - Asking the provocative question,“Why Catholic?” RENEW International provides compelling answers in its process for evangelization and adult faith formation entitled Why Catholic? This process was developed by RENEW International to respond to the growing demand for practical tools for adult catechesis and concrete pastoral approaches for evangelization. In just three years since its launch, bishops, parish priests, and parishioners in over 25 dioceses have initiated this process as a means to implement the goals of Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, the U.S. bishops’ pastoral letter on adult faith formation.

RENEW International President, Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler, commented, “Many people are seeking meaning beyond today’s culture. They are also looking for ways to share their faith confidently with the people around them, including family members. Why Catholic? aims to be part of what the bishops have called ‘a life-long process of total Catholic education that has at its heart, evangelization.’”

The Why Catholic? process helps people explore Catholic teachings based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The faith-sharing materials offer sessions on essential beliefs, sacraments, Christian morality, and prayer. With scriptural references, and reflection questions that link to daily life, this resource fosters learning in a prayerful small community setting. Coming soon, program materials and workshops will integrate content from the newly-published United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.

Sr. Terry Rickard, OP, Director of RENEW International commented, “As we work with dioceses large and small all over the country, diocesan staffs and priest councils consistently express the need to reach out with solid catechesis. From Baltimore to Bismarck, Steubenville to St. Cloud, Why Catholic? is resonating because it has a concrete approach that addresses the very real hunger for Catholic insight and understanding.”