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Adult Faith Formation

The Adult Faith Formation ministry provides opportunities to deepen one’s faith in the areas of theology, prayer, and spirituality.


St. James Small Group Bible Studies

Our goal is to deepen our personal relationship with God through small group faith-sharing and fellowship. Are you seeking… a closer relationship with God?  a deeper Catholic faith?  more meaningful friendships?

 Small Group Bible Study may be the right experience for you to help fulfill those needs! Groups are formed with about 8-10 participants. Some groups meet only during the six weeks of Lent while others meet bimonthly or weekly. Meetings are guided by a facilitator and usually last between 1 to 2 hours (based on the group). If you are interested  or would like to learn more, please contact Matt Marcheschi at 224-345-7210 or


Come to the Quiet – Catholic Meditation/Prayer Course

What exactly is Catholic meditation? It is a very special method of praying. Prayer is bringing your mind, soul, and spirit to God’s presence. In a regular prayer, you use words to articulate your thoughts. But when you meditate, instead of only using your voice, you are sitting with God and listening to Him. How else can we know what God’s Divine plan is for us if we are always busy?

In this course you will be introduced to three meditation methods so every one of you can find his/her unique way of prayer: Ignatian Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, and Contemplative Prayer. We offer the course in fall starting middle September and again in springtime when we will follow a Lenten meditation journey.  This meditation/prayer course is offered in a six week evening series in the chapel.  We truly hope you will join us! If you have questions please contact Joy Anderson at 224.315.9507 or .