Why Catholic? Series’ End is Only the Beginning

BY MATT PALMER, The Catholic Review

With the beginning of the end of the small-group adult series Why Catholic?, Sharon Bogusz is not wistful. Rather, she’s hopeful about the future of Catholicism.

“Faith development is an ongoing process,” said Bogusz, coordinator for evangelization and adult cat­echesis for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. “Every Catholic can benefit from an ongoing study and discussion of faith. As adults mature, our ability to understand and critically reflect upon issues of faith evolves and naturally leads us to explore issues of faith and belief with further depth.”

The final six-week session of
Why Catholic? started the first week of Lent in parishes across the archdiocese. It is a four-year, small faith group exploration of the practices and beliefs of the Catholic faith tradition. Bogusz said that “through study and discussion, adult Catholics discover anew the richness and depth of our faith and apply it to Catholic daily spiritual life.”

Starting Feb. 23,
The Catholic Review will post six weekly Why Catholic? articles on its Web site, www.CatholicReview.org. Contributors include Father T. Austin Murphy, Mark Pacione, Anne Buening, Georgina Vaca, Deacon Loren Mooney and Deacon Paul T. Mann.

Bogusz said the goal is for people to mature in their knowledge of the faith and “develop a comfort level discussing their faith in small faith­sharing groups so that they may be witnesses of the Gospel in their daily lives.”

She said the archdiocese’s Division of Evangelization and Catechesis offers consultation on adult formation planning and resources for ongoing evangelization efforts. Later in the spring, the division will offer adult faith networking to give parishes an opportunity to share ideas, experiences, resources and hopes for the future of adult faith formation.

Bogusz is confident
Why Catholic? has been a success.

“I’ve seen,” she said, “the energy, enthusiasm and confidence that men and women gain when they come to a better understanding about faith and how it can make a difference. Participants feel a sense of liberty to witness their faith in all aspects of their lives – at work, home, with family and friends.”

The above article originally appeared in The Catholic Review, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and is used with permission.

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