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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

  1. 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 contact@hallam-diocese.com 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: formation-mission@hallam-diocese.com  (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.

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: formation-mission@hallam-diocese.com 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

NEWSLETTER / OCTOBER 2021 - CLICK HERE
NEWSLETTER / SEPTEMBER 2021 - CLICK HERE

COP26 - CAMPAIGN FOR THE CLIMATE
“This year in the lead up to the COP 26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, the CAFOD Fast Day Appeal focuses on supporting those vulnerable communities on the front line in facing this crisis.

We need to urge our government to give this summit their fullest possible commitment so please sign the petitions to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/COP26-climate-summit


MARGARET BEAUFORT INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGY AUTUMN RETREAT


Online with Zoom / £35


THE CRY OF THE POOR - STUDY DAY FOR THE SEASON OF CREATION:
A study day on Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti on ‘fraternity and social friendship’ will be live-streamed from 11.00 to 12.30 BST on Saturday 2nd October. The study day, entitled ‘The Cry of the Poor’,  is organised from Gidea Park parish, and the speaker is Fr Ashley Beck, expert on Catholic Social Teaching. The event is free of charge and no registration is necessary. The encyclical is a challenge to see the implications of faith in Christ in the face of the widespread xenophobia and discrimination prevalent in our society and in so many parts of the world. To access the livestream go to www.whatgoodnews.org where the previous study day ‘The Cry of Creation’ (exploring Laudato si’) is also available.
Rev Dr Adrian Graffy
Christ the Eternal High Priest, 410 Brentwood Road, Gidea Park RM2 6DH  01708 449914


Dr Fionnuala Frances and Mr Kevan Grady
are Coordinators for Adult Formation and Mission for the Diocese of Hallam from 1st September  2021, taking over from Dr Greg Ryan and Monsignor John Ryan who have held responsibility for Adult Education for some years. Fionnuala and Kevan will be providing support, resources and encouragement and are keen to share more the widely the variety of Good News going on in parishes. Formation and Mission News will be posted onto the Diocesan website and circulated to parishes in a regular newsletter. They would be glad to hear from you about the formation and mission work going on in your parish, and will be in touch with you soon.

 

Join the Team
'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.
formation-mission@hallam-diocese.com

 

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies News
Registration is now open for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies  starting in OCTOBER 2021
You can register for the CCRS in advance by contacting us via email, post or phone (details below).

The first module is on Old Testament and takes place over 3 sessions,  October 2nd, 9th and 16th, from 9.00 to 12.30 at the Hallam Pastoral Centre. This module will be taught by Monsignor John Ryan.

Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Ministry News
Registration is also open for the Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Ministry  This 2-year online course, co-developed by Hallam with Loyola University, has been specially designed for Catholic dioceses in England and Wales to help lay people develop their gifts for pastoral ministry in the parish, deanery and wider community.
Register here for ONLINE INFORMATION SESSIONS (Oct/Nov): https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/diploma


Phone
: 0114 256 6410
Fax: 0114 256 2673
Email: mission-formation@hallam-diocese.com (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.)

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 throughout 2020-21.

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

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 Dr Greg Ryan in the Hallam Adult Formation 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.

Religious Education Service

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

 

There are no upcoming events.

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: formation-mission@hallam-diocese.com
(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.)

How to get there? Click to find us in the map & driving directions