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Welcome to Hallam Adult Formation

This section of the diocesan website has information on courses, events, and resources for faith formation, catechesis and theological education in Hallam diocese and beyond.


Adult Education Meeting


Registration is open for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies  starting in January 2021

You can register for the CCRS in advance by contacting us via email , post or phone (details below).




Registration is also open for the Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, starting January 2021. 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

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.

Dr Gregory Ryan, Director of Adult Formation

Working with Fr John Ryan, together with lay and ordained volunteers throughout the diocese,  Greg co-ordinates adult education and formation activities in Hallam and ensures the diocese is engaged with regional and national developments. He has particular responsibility for the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) and the Loyola Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. If you would like to find out more about either of these programmes, please contact Greg (email details below).

Alongside his work in Hallam, Greg is Assistant Professor (Research) in Ecclesiology and Receptive Ecumenism at the Centre for Catholic Studies (Durham University). He holds an PhD in Theology from Durham University, together with an M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies (York St John), and a BSc in Biological Science (Lancaster). Greg has been an invited speaker at Catholic Peoples Week national events in 2014 (Music and Liturgy), 2016 (Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel), and 2018 (Ministry) as well as presenting papers at theological conferences in the UK and abroad. He is currently editing a volume on Receptive Ecumenism and writing a book on interpreting Catholic doctrine in the light of Vatican II and Pope Francis. As a member of the Society for the Study of Theology and the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain, as well as regional and national groups for adult formation, he would be delighted to hear from anyone in Hallam wanting to explore options for further theological study, as well as for individuals and parishes looking for ideas, courses and resources for adult faith formation.

Contact :  email  – gryan@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.)

Fr John Ryan, Adult Formation Advisor

Monsignor John Ryan is Parish Priest of St. Bede’s Rotherham. He was born and brought up in Leeds, baptised at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Seacroft (now closed); and attended St Theresa’s primary School, Crossgates (now closed). After passing the 11+, he went to St Michael’s College (now closed) up to A-levels. He had been accepted as a student for the priesthood for the Diocese of Leeds at the age of 15; and Bishop Wheeler invited him to pursue studies at the English College in Rome (The Venerabile). After two years philosophy and three years theology at the Gregorian University, Fr John (ordained in St Anne’s Cathedral, Leeds in 1978) completed his studies for a licentiate in Fundamental Theology in 1979. He was appointed to St Peter-in-Chains, Doncaster and so was in the southern part of the Leeds diocese when the new diocese of Hallam was created (1980). He has been an exile ever since.

Fr. John has particular responsibility for clergy formation and for supporting catechists, readers and extraordinary ministers of communion through deanery study days on scripture, doctrine and pastoral practice. He has a passion for sharing the riches of Scripture, and gives regular talks on Old and New Testament topics around the diocese.

Course Tutors

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

We also aim to bring in external speakers 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.

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 Dr Greg Ryan in the Hallam Adult Formation 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.


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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.

Adult Formation Team
Hallam Pastoral Centre
St Charles Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S9 3WU

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

Phone: 0114 256 6410
Fax: 0114 256 2673
Email: adulteducation@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.)

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