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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 Online Family Study – Presence

Join us for our St. James Online Family Study! We invite you to enter into the Easter season with a renewed knowledge and desire to meet Jesus in the Eucharist. All you need is, your family, friends (virtually, of course), and an open heart! We will be going through the FORMED series called ‘Presence.’ Let’s seize this opportunity to grow as a domestic church in our faith and with our families!! Before you begin, be sure to watch this short video from Jonathan Blevins.

“Our family started it this week and I loved the brief 10 minute conversation we were able to have as a family after the episode. I was particularly moved that my daughter, Gemma (7), was struck by the story about the priests running back into a burning church to protect the Eucharist. Our youngest, Andrew (3), was running all over the house, but the other kids were captivated by the stories and the content. Everyone is looking forward to the next session! No matter where you are in your faith or understanding of the Eucharist, I am sure you will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist and God’s deep love for you!” – Matt

If you are interested in joining us on this journey, please fill out this short form with your name and email so that we can follow-up with you:

Pass it on to your family and friends to join you!

*** You can do this series at your own pace and on your own time. You can watch all the sessions back to back, consecutive days/nights, or once a week. 

The Study Guide with questions in available on FORMED listed under the session videos or you can access it here.

Questions? Email





Fr Ryan is continuing his new mini-series, Passioning, on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:30pm. We will continue to explore the timely concept of suffering and how we can train ourselves to see the signs of hope within it. We’ll take a look at the current crisis, and the Church’s response, using the lenses of scripture and tradition. The presentation will be broadcast live from If you join live, you’ll have an opportunity to email questions and comments to be addressed at the end of the presentation or in future presentations.

Can’t attend the live session at 7:30pm? Not to worry! The sessions are recorded and posted on the St. James website for later viewing.

If you have any questions, please email Fr. Ryan:


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 .