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Welcome to the Hallam Formation and Mission Pages WHAT IS FORMATION AND MISSION? Our mission is to encourage and help you to learn more about and develop your relationship with God through deepening your understanding of the Christian faith.

  • TEACHING AND LEARNING

There are two formal courses with qualifications, supported by this Diocese, offering talks and workshops on Theology, Church teaching, Prayer, Scripture and Faith in action. These are the:

1. Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

And

2. Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

  • PUBLIC TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

Details of events will be posted on the Formation and Mission news page.  We hope you can find something that suits you.  If you have an idea about something you would like to study in more depth, let us know and we will try to help.

  • READING

There is a Library at the Hallam Pastoral Centre with many books and resources of interest on Theology, Scripture, Pastoral Studies, Catechesis, Religious Education, Spirituality, Religious Life, Biographies of Holy Women and Men, Feminist Theology, Ecumenism, The Church, Papal Documents (Including the Documents of vatican II).  Most of these are available for loan though some are for reference only.  If you would like to visit the Library, please contact Matthew on tel. 0114 2566401 or email on [email protected] to make an arrangement.  If you are unable to visit but would like to borrow a particular book, please get in touch and we will try to help. Anyone is invited and welcome to take part in our courses and events, including people from other Christian denominations, other faiths and people of no faith.  We look forward to meeting you soon. Dr Fionnuala Frances: Coordinator of Adult Formation and Mission Kevan Grady: Associate Coordinator of Adult Formation and Mission To Contact us: email: [email protected]  (Please noteby emailing us, you consent to your submitted details being collected, stored and used by the Diocese of Hallam only for the purpose or purposes for which you have provided them to us. Read more in our Privacy and Security Policy.)

Our mission is to encourage and help anyone and everyone to learn more about and develop a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. We do this through:

  • Courses and qualifications such as the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) and the Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Minstry.
  • Supporting Church initiatives such as the Year of the Word: God Who Speaks.
  • Public talks and workshops on theology, Church teaching and Christian living.
  • Resources such as the Hallam Pastoral Centre library and on-line materials.
  • Making use of the skilled lay, religious and ordained people engaged in this work in the diocese and beyond.
  • Working with deaneries and parishes to develop learning and resources at the local level.
  • Representing Hallam at regional and national bodies.

Anyone is welcome to take part in our courses and events, including people from other Christian denominations, other faiths and people of no faith.

We are providing support, resources and encouragement and are keen to share more widely the variety of Good News and Events going on in parishes. To keep up to date with all our news and events check the 'News & Events' tab on this page. We would be glad to hear from you about the formation and mission work going on in your parish.    

Get Involved 'Expressions of interest' are welcome. If you are interested in teaching on a course or leading an event for your parish or community with us, please get in touch with your ideas, and we can arrange to discuss this further.

Email: [email protected]

Coordinators of Adult Formation and Mission

Dr Fionnuala Frances: Coordinator of Adult Formation and Mission Kevan Grady: Associate Coordinator of Adult Formation and Mission Contact: email: [email protected] or via the adult education department. (Please noteby emailing us, you consent to your submitted details being collected, stored and used by the Diocese of Hallam only for the purpose or purposes for which you have provided them to us. Read more in our Privacy and Security Policy.)

Course Tutors

 The CCRS and other courses are delivered by a diverse group of lay and ordained tutors with relevant academic qualifications, pastoral experience and teaching skills.

External speakers may be invited for study days and courses.

If you are interested in teaching on one of our courses, or leading a course for your parish or community, please get in touch with the department, giving details of your areas of interest and training, qualifications and experience. We will be happy to hold an “expression of interest” on file and get in touch with you if a suitable opportunity arises.

Formation and Mission Team News

Interdiocesan Pilgrimage to Padley

Sunday 7 July 2024 in honour of the Padley Martyrs: Blessed Robert Ludlam & Blessed Nicholas Garlick Assemble 3:00 pm at Grindleford Station For Procession to the Chapel Mass Commences…

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The department offers several national and local courses for faith formation and theological education, and promotes and support Church initiatives with local programmes. We also have links to other providers in the UK and beyond.

The Year of the Word: The God Who Speaks

Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other. This national initiative focuses on celebrating, living and sharing God’s word throughout all our dioceses. Find out more here and check the Events tab for local activities in Hallam.

Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

Emmaus - A Journey with Christ
A rolling programme of talks and discussions on "Opening the Bible" and the "Opening the Catechism", which can be booked for your parishes or deaneries.

The department has a range of books, leaflets and multimedia resources available for use by parishes and groups. Our staff are also available to help lead and plan adult formation events, and to advise on suitable resources, courses and adult education opportunities. It also includes links to resources from other sources and multimedia recommendations for individual, group or parish use.

The Priority of Adult Formation
The Priority of Adult Formation (click here to open). This important document from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales  gives an overview of the developments in adult formation since Vatican II, and highlights the achievements and challenges of the present situation.
Hallam Pastoral Centre Library
Hallam has its own study library with a wide range of books on theology, biblical studies, spirituality and living our faith. Contact the Hallam Pastoral Centre for inquiries about using the library.

Diocesan Talks: Video, Audio & Transcripts

Exploring the Sacred Triduum. Three short talks from Fr. Peter's Lent 2017 workshop  are available for download as audio files (mp3) together with a PowerPoint presentation.

Parables of Mercy. Play or download audio files of Fr. John Ryan's  talks on mercy in the Gospel of Luke (3 talks).

Lent Talks 2016. View or download text and audio files of Fr. John Ryan's series of talks on the Passion of Jesus Christ (6 talks).

St Marie's Readers Event Feb 2019, transcript of talk by Mgr John Ryan. What impact should the authors and editors of the Biblical books, their perspectives and cultural backgrounds, have on our understanding and proclamation of the Word of God? Matthew and His Gospel. Dr Greg Ryan introduces Matthew's Gospel as part of the Year of the Word Proclaim Resources. View or download materials for use in Parish evangelisation as Hallam responds to Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) and the PROCLAIM 15 initiative of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales

At the foot of the Cross

'At the Foot of the Cross' is a monthly podcast from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales bringing you the latest news, project updates, events, prayer and more. We discuss our workstreams, from pro-life issues, Catholic life and worship and social action, to heritage and patrimony, environmental concerns and international aid and development.

At the foot of the Cross

The Body of Christ | Episode 22

The only place to start with June’s At the Foot of the Cross podcast is to offer an apology. After two months of radio silence, we return with an episode that looks back over April and May and forward into June. At least it’s packed with audio clips to keep you engaged! The thread running […]

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Participating in Holy Week | Episode 21

March’s At the Foot of the Cross podcast focuses on Holy Week and our journey to the Cross at this profound moment in our Catholic life. Canon Christopher Thomas, our General Secretary, joins us to bring us up to speed with the workings of the Secretariat of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. We […]

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Participating in Holy Week | Episode 21

March’s At the Foot of the Cross podcast focuses on Holy Week and our journey to the Cross at this profound moment in our Catholic life. Canon Christopher Thomas, our General Secretary, joins us to bring us up to speed with the workings of the Secretariat of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. We […]

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Participating in Holy Week | Episode 21

March’s At the Foot of the Cross podcast focuses on Holy Week and our journey to the Cross at this profound moment in our Catholic life. Canon Christopher Thomas, our General Secretary, joins us to bring us up to speed with the workings of the Secretariat of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. We […]

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Participating in Holy Week | Episode 21

March’s At the Foot of the Cross podcast focuses on Holy Week and our journey to the Cross at this profound moment in our Catholic life. Canon Christopher Thomas, our General Secretary, joins us to bring us up to speed with the workings of the Secretariat of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. We […]

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Centre for Catholic Studies

The Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University offers a number of useful outreach resources, including videos, podcasts,  and regular talks and events, in additional to world-leading research and teaching in Catholic theology.

St Peter's College - Church of England

Our ecumenical colleagues in the Anglican Diocese of Sheffield have an extensive range of local or online courses and resources in their virtual St Peter's College. Many of which are suitable for a Catholic context and may be available for registration.  If you are unsure as to the suitability, or whether it is possible to register for a particular course, please contact Fionnual Frances of Kevan Grady in the Hallam Formation & Mission team.

Urban Theology Union - Sheffield

Another ecumenical partner is UTU, which has formed many active members of Hallam Diocese over the years. They have resources and courses focussed on practical mission and contextual theology  If you are unsure as to the suitability, or whether it is possible to register for a particular course, please contact the Formation and Mission team.

Bible Society

Bible Society has partnered with the Catholic Church in England and Wales to produce resources for the Year of the Word : The God Who Speaks, ant their website contains a wealth of useful material about the bible for beginners and experienced readers alike.

The Notre Dame De Sion Centre For Biblical Formation Jerusalem

The Notre Dame de Sion Centre for Biblical Formation in Jerusalem offers programs of study centred on the Word of God: drawing on Jewish sources and tradition; visiting sites related to the biblical text; reflecting on relevant Church Documents; and engaging with the peoples of the Land.

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Catholic Education Service has a number of resources available on their website, aimed particularly at schools.

Catholiclisteners

Catholiclisteners, is a confidential helpline. The service which is part of the Diocese of Westminster,  has been set up for those who are returning to the faith as well as to support those who need someone to talk to. The helpline is all about listening to others, listening to those who might have become isolated due to the pandemic. This service is based on the Landings ethos of compassionate listening. Although not a counselling service,  there is a professional team trained in signposting callers to other services and agencies.

For further information please email  [email protected] or call us on 0800 448 0704

Catholiclisteners are here to listen.

Pact

Pact is a pioneering national charity that supports prisoners, people with convictions, and their children and families. We provide caring and life changing services at every stage of the criminal justice process: in court, in prison, on release, and in the community.

Our volunteers and staff can be found in courts, prisons, probation services, and in communities across England & Wales.  We are a diverse, inclusive, modern, and collaborative charity.  We build effective partnerships and sustainable solutions based on our well-established understanding of the systems in which we work, and on our historic values and ethos developed through our 120+ years of service delivery.

Find out more and get in touch at www.prisonadvice.org.uk

 

The department is located at the Hallam Pastoral Centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire (click to find us). The normal office hours are 8.30 am - 4.30 pm.

Formation and Mission Team Hallam Pastoral Centre St Charles Street Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 3WU UK

You can contact us by  phone , email , fax, or post:

Phone: 0114 256 6410 Fax: 0114 256 2673 Email: [email protected] (Please noteby emailing us, you consent to your submitted details being collected, stored and used by the Diocese of Hallam only for the purpose or purposes for which you have provided them to us. Read more in our Privacy and Security Policy.)

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