The Church calls us all to lifelong formation, and as such we are pleased to offer different resources for adult faith formation in our Parish! For more information on any of these programs, or to register, please call 603-352-3525 ext 29 or email Joy Davis, Director of Religious Education
Catholic Faith Formation Center
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Located on the 2nd Floor of the Clairvaux Center
161 Main Street Keene, NH
The Catholic Faith Formation Center (CFFC) provides adults with opportunities to study and grow in their faith, offering courses in the Bible, Catholic Doctrine, Liturgy and the Sacraments, Prayer, and Church History, to name a few. It also coordinates Engaged Couples Seminars.
Come see our extensive lending library of books, DVDs, audiocassettes and CDs on religious topics and Church documents, as well as our religious book and gift shop!
*We are now accepting major credit cards and purchases of books, religious articles, and study materials!
Natural Family Planning Education
Most Catholics know that, as people of faith, we are supposed to practice natural forms of family planning--but few have had the resources to know where to start! Our parishes are proud to offer personalized Natural Family Planning Education through the Deanery NFP teacher, Cindy Cheshire.
For more information, check out the NFP Education page here, or contact Cindy Cheshire at 603-357-1444 or
Whole Community Catechesis
Second Sunday of each month
10:45 am - 12:30 pm
St. Joseph School
(located behind St. Bernard Church)
Whole Community Catechesis is open to all members of the Parish--including adults and children formerly involved in the Sunday and Family based religious education programs--and gathering times include food, time for community building, formation and discussion. These gatherings feature the dynamic Symbolon program!
One of the great features of Symbolon is that it is accessible, online via computer, smartphone or tablet, to every member of our parish through a simple process of registration. Click here to register, and make sure you have the parish code given to you during Whole Community Catechesis! Last year over 80 parishioners registered and used this online access – some who attended the monthly meetings, and others who did not attend the gatherings, but made use of the materials at home.
Coming this fall, our online subscription has been renamed “Formed” and expanded to include not only Symbolon but also many more exciting resources – including now Bishop Robert Barron’s
extremely well produced and acclaimed series, “Catholicism” which aired on PBS. There will also be videos by Fr. Michael Gaitley, Scott Hahn, Edward Sri, Teresa Tomeo and dozens of other acclaimed speakers and authors which will help you deepen your life of faith and strengthen your family life.
Joy Davis, Director of Faith Formation for Parish of the Holy Spirit, has recently completed a 3 summer Formation Program in the art and ministry of Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian Tradition through the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Denver, Colorado.
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL DIRECTION? Spiritual Direction can be defined as “help given by one believer to another that enables the latter to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship” (Barry). Spiritual Direction is a 3-way relationship with the director, directee, and the Holy Spirit – but always recognizing that the true Director is God, the Holy Spirit. The role of the Spiritual Director, then, is to help the one being directed to grow in his or her ability to listen to God, develop a life of prayer, discern God’s voice among the competing noises in our lives, and to respond to the invitations of God to grow in greater depths of intimacy with God. “It implies that the person who seeks direction is going somewhere and wants to talk to someone on the way” (Barry).
WHAT SPIRITUAL DIRECTION IS NOT: Spiritual Direction is not counseling, nor is it advice-giving and problem solving. It is also not catechesis or teaching about the faith.
What Are The Spiritual Exercises?
Briefly, they are a set of more advanced prayer experiences through which one may be led by a trained spiritual director. In the thirty-day format one goes apart to a retreat house for an entire month devoted to these exercises. In the daily-life format one continues to live at home and to work as usual but does one exercise each day in a series extending over about seven or eight months – seeing one’s director at weekly interviews.
Where do the Spiritual Exercises come from?
In 1522, after his conversion the previous year, Ignatius of Loyola lived in a little cave in Manresa (near Montserrat in Spain) and underwent a whole range of remarkable experiences in prayer. He was inspired to set these down in writing in order to make them available to others.
What is their basic dynamic?
Each person is guided into a much deeper awareness of his or her own life-situation, not only its advantages and hopes but also its drawbacks – the structures and processes of sin. This is then placed within the context of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ so that one’s personal life-commitment may be clarified and energized.
Why is it called “more advanced”?
It must assume candidates who have already gone through an adult renewal of faith (or a conversion) and on that basis have been devoting themselves to a Christian way of life for some years. Those foundational experiences will probably include a measure of basic healing of their life hurts, a coming to terms with their own shortcomings and sinfulness, together with solid growth in forgiveness and devotion to humble services in their family and parish communities. The Spiritual Exercises are meant to build upon and go beyond those more basic stages of spiritual growth.
Where do the Spiritual Exercises lead?
While the precise forms will vary for different individuals, the Exercises tend to focus upon decision to commit one’s life in some definite way to the service of Christ’s kingdom in this world. For a few this might mean a new career or a new state of life; for most others it will mean a significant development within their present
The Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life will be offered beginning mid-September and running for approximately 7-8 months. If you think you may be interested in this walk with the Lord, or just want to learn more, please contact Joy Davis at 352-3525, ext. 29 or email
If you would like more information or to explore if you might benefit from Spiritual Direction, please call Joy Davis at 352-3525 ext. 29 or email email@example.com.