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Faith Formation: Christian Leadership Institute

The Office of Faith Formation provides Catholics of all ages the chance to participate in programs and experiences that strengthen and renew their connection to the Church. One such program is Christian Leadership Institute (CLI), held annually at Cathedral Camp in East Freetown. A six-day summer program, CLI is designed to prepare teens who demonstrate exceptional maturity levels and leadership skills to use their talents and potential for key roles and responsibilities in their parishes, schools, and communities. Parishes and Catholic high schools across the Diocese of Fall River are encouraged to submit any interested candidates for participation each year.

Mikayla Amadi, a Bishop Stang student and a member of Our Lady of the Assumption parish in New Bedford, took part in CLI in 2018. “Faith Formation is important for the life of the parish because it gets the youth involved with one another, and kind of experience the moment with one another,” she said, adding, “My faith comes alive when I’m surrounded by supportive people (who) are constantly motivating me to be the best version of myself.”

Your gift to the Catholic Charities Appeal provides funding for students like Mikayla to participate in CLI, setting the stage for them to become tomorrow’s leaders of the Church. Your support helps those at all stages of their faith journeys as they deepen their commitment to a life of discipleship and service to Christ and their neighbors in need.

Faith Formation 2018-2019 Statistics
2018 CATECHIST FORMATION# Catechist
Sep. 3020
Oct. 1135
Nov. 1531
Nov. 1710
Total Catechist Served96

YOUTH PROGRAMS
Youth Convention2019170
2018196213
Rallies2019800
20187751575
Yes Retreat201915
20181429
Christian Leadership Institute 201827
Pope Pius X Youth Award201857
201956
Catholic Youth Day2018230230
Total Young Adults Served2103

ADULT PROGRAMS
Adult ConfirmationClassRecipientsRetreat
Fall 2018132313
Spring 2018405048
ADULT CONFIRMATION TOTALS 537361

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)RiteRetreat
20196324
201876
RCIA TOTALS 13924

Bereavement
Group30-40 Annually
Prayer Service65

Marriage Preparation
2018266
2019 YTD131

Anniversary Mass102 couples

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