School of Christian Formation


 Diocese of Palm Beach


DIOCESAN ADULT SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION! -The Diocesan School of Christian Formation is a great way to deepen your knowledge and understanding of our faith, and to be certified, if you wish, as a Catechist! As Catholics, we are all called to jump into being able to explain why we believe in teachings that go against the very culture in which we live. We are a people who believe in Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of God’s will for creation, and we believe that the answers we need to bring our wayward and evil culture back to God are found in the study of our faith and in prayer.

The Old Testament is the topic of the upcoming class, offered at St. Helen Parish, beginning on Monday February 29th, at 7:00 p.m. in the North Room, with instructor Carolyn Dean, MA. Class will meet 6 times, ending on April 18th. The Old Testament covers a sweep of thousands of years of drama as God’s covenant with Israel leads to the coming of Christ at last. Come join our class and be a better-informed, more dynamic Catholic! Cost for the class is $10, cost for the book is usually $10 to $15, registration on the first night of class. If you love your faith, come get to know it better! See you on the 29th!

“To do their part, adult Catholics must be mature in faith and well-equipped to share the Gospel, promoting it in every family circle, in every church gathering, in every place of work, and in every public forum.”

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1999



  1. To nourish and challenge Catholics to grow into a deeper understanding of their True Faith.
  2. To enable participants to bring this enrichment to their families, friends, places of work, and ministry.
  3. To explore this rich Catholic tradition from our local context as a diverse Church with members of different cultural backgrounds and with varying ministerial needs.
  4. To situate our experience of Faith, Church, and Ministry in the teachings of Vatican II and the person of Jesus Christ. 

Talents Needed: Interest in learning and experiencing the Catholic faith more deeply and widely.  We study 12 different areas including History, Scriptures, Sacraments, Liturgy, Ministry, and others.

Time Commitment: Two hours of class time per week for 6 weeks, plus home preparation time, for each course. There are a total of four courses offered during each annual cycle.

When: Monday evenings 7:00-9:00 p.m. Classes begin in August for a six week stretch, then in October, again 6 weeks; then in January, six weeks, and finally in March, six weeks. 

Where: North Room, Parish Center

Contacts:  Carolyn Dean, ph# 772-567-0682, e-mail: