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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

DIVINE RENOVATION Open House Brighton

In-person eventSaturday 18th March 2023Are you a priest or active parishioner who wants to see your parish come alive? Join Divine Renovation at the upcoming DR Open House, happening on…

New Intensive Course (MOOC) on Synodality

The Synod on Synodality inaugurated on October 2021 has reached its Continental Stage. The voices from Local Churches around the World that were expressed and listened to in the first Diocesan Phase, have been…

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Upcoming Events

06/02 - 26/03
All Day
Second Intercontinental Massive Online Course (MOOC): History, Theology and Practice of Synodality.


09/02
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Webinar: The Synod on Synodality: Where are we now – challenges and opportunities


25/02
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
CCRS


04/03
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
CCRS


11/03
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
CCRS


25/03
All Day
Competition for Jubilee 2025 Hymn deadline


06/05
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
CCRS


13/05
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
CCRS


20/05
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
CCRS


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Second Intercontinental Massive Online Course (MOOC): History, Theology and Practice of Synodality.
06/02 - 26/03    
All Day
Second Intercontinental Massive Online Course (MOOC) under the theme History, Theology and Ministerial Practice of Synodality. This Course will be facilitated virtually and offered at no cost to participants worldwide during the month of February, 2023. We use a fully online asynchronous format. Lectures are pre-recorded and available to be watched in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian and German.
Webinar: The Synod on Synodality: Where are we now – challenges and opportunities
09/02    
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Catholic Union is delighted to be hosting a major discussion on the Church’s Synod. We will be joined by an expert panel of speakers who will each share their views with us before taking questions.
CCRS
 Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) in Hallam The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)  is a nationally recognised course designed to give you an [...]
CCRS
 Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) in Hallam The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)  is a nationally recognised course designed to give you an [...]

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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

Benedict XVI Rest in Peace | Episode 10

A new year, a new ‘At the Foot of the Cross’ podcast. Much has happened since we were last with you. A prayerful focus on the last days of Advent and the O Antiphons was followed by the joy of the Word Made Flesh – the coming of Christ at Christmas. That, in turn, was […]

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The Wondrous Gift | Episode 9

Our final ‘At the Foot of the Cross’ podcast of the year features a whistle-stop review of the year with our General Secretary, Canon Christopher Thomas. As we move prayerfully through the final octave of Advent, and with our O Antiphons audio series live and online, in this podcast, we look towards Christmas and the […]

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Advent Begins | Episode 8

November’s ‘At the Foot of the Cross’ really is pushing its luck, coming in on the last day of the month. Profound apologies, but, hopefully, it’s well worth the wait. Canon Christopher Thomas, General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference joins us and kick-starts the podcast by reviewing elements of the Bishops’ November plenary meeting at […]

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Vatican II Constitutions | Episode 7

We have two interesting years ahead of us in the life of the Catholic Church. 2025 is a Jubilee Year where the theme is ‘Pilgrims of Hope’. In the lead-up, not only do we have a two-part Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome in 2023 and 2024, we also prepare for the Jubilee with two […]

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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 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.

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.

 

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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