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GemsSr-Janet-Schaeffler-OPGreat Endeavors Mined & Shared from Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP, former Associate Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit and co-facilitator of the April 15, 2010, Statewide Adult Faith Formation Leadership Day in Green Bay. She received the 2010 National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) Distinguished Service Award in Catechetics.

2017 GEMS Newsletters

GEMS Newsletter No. 80 pdf_button | August 2017
  Soul Friends

GEMS Newsletter No. 79 pdf_button | July 2017
  Quotes Worth Thinking About

GEMS Newsletter No. 78 pdf_button | June 2017
   The Parish Bulletin as Adult Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 77 pdf_button | May 2017
  Spiritual Autobiography

 

GEMS Newsletter No. 76 pdf_button | April 2017
   Ministry with Maturing Adults (Part II)

GEMS Newsletter No. 75 pdf_button | March 2017
   Ministry with Maturing Adults (Part I)

GEMS Newsletter No. 74 pdf_button | February 2017
  Icon Writing as Formative

GEMS Newsletter No. 73 pdf_button | January 2017
  Hospice Nurses and Heaven

 


2016 GEMS Newsletters

GEMS Newsletter No. 72 pdf_button | December 2016
  A Busy Person's Retreat

GEMS Newsletter No. 71 pdf_button | November 2016
  A Best Practice: Prayer Forms (Part III)

GEMS Newsletter No. 70 pdf_button | October 2016
  A Best Practice: Video for Adult Faith Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 69 pdf_button | September 2016
  A Best Practice: Celebrating Creationtide (Part II)

GEMS Newsletter No. 68 pdf_button | August 2016
  A Best Practice: Celebrating Creationtide (Part I)

GEMS Newsletter No. 67 pdf_button | July 2016
  A Best Practice: An Integrated and Continually-Growing   Process

 

GEMS Newsletter No. 66 pdf_button | June 2016
  A Best Practice: Support for Grandparents (Part III)

GEMS Newsletter No. 65 pdf_button | May 2016
  A Best Practice: Support for Grandparents (Part II)

GEMS Newsletter No. 64 pdf_button | April 2016
  A Best Practice: Support for Grandparents (Part I)

GEMS Newsletter No. 63 pdf_button | March 2016
  A Best Practice: Body and Soul

GEMS Newsletter No. 62 pdf_button | February 2016
  A Best Practice: A Right Brain Process

GEMS Newsletter No. 61 pdf_button | January 2016
  A Best Practice: Lenten Soup & Bread

 


2015 GEMS Newsletters

GEMS Newsletter No. 60 pdf_button | December 2015
  A Best Practice: A Digital Lent and Device Sunday

GEMS Newsletter No. 59 pdf_button | November 2015
  A Best Practice: Technology in Adult Faith Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 58 pdf_button | October 2015
  A Best Practice: Hospitality (Update VI)

GEMS Newsletter No. 57 pdf_button | September 2015
  A Best Practice: Hospitality (Part V)

GEMS Newsletter No. 56 pdf_button | August 2015
  A Best Practice: Some Secrets of Belonging (Update IV)

GEMS Newsletter No. 55 pdf_button | July 2015
  A Best Practice: What Didn't Work (Part III)

 

GEMS Newsletter No. 54 pdf_button | June 2015
  A Best Practice: Enjoying and Sharing Books

GEMS Newsletter No. 53 pdf_button | May 2015
  A Best Practice: Prayer Forms (Part II)

GEMS Newsletter No. 52 pdf_button | April 2015
  A Best Practice: Praying with the Labyrinth

GEMS Newsletter No. 51 pdf_button | March 2015
  A Best Practice: A Theme that Grows and Grows

GEMS Newsletter No. 50 pdf_button | February 2015
  A Best Practice: It Happens at Home

GEMS Newsletter No. 49 pdf_button | January 2015
  A Best Practice: An Art Conference

 


2014 GEMS Newsletters

GEMS Newsletter No. 48 pdf_button | December 2014
  A Best Practice: A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of   Belonging (Update III) on Adult Faith Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 47 pdf_button | November 2014
  A Best Practice: A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of   Belonging (Update II) on Adult Faith Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 46 pdf_button | October 2014
  A Best Practice: A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of   Belonging (Update I) on Adult Faith Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 45 pdf_button | September 2014
  A Best Practice: Prayer Forms on Adult Faith Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 44 pdf_button | August 2014
  A Best Practice: A Themed Approach on Adult Faith   Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 43 pdf_button | July 2014
  A Best Practice: Insights that Spark Some Reflections    on Adult Faith Formation

 

GEMS Newsletter No. 42 pdf_button | June 2014
  A Best Practice: An Effective Practice with Many   Successful Components

GEMS Newsletter No. 41 pdf_button | May 2014
  A Best Practice: Technology and Adult Faith Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 40 pdf_button | April 2014
  A Best Practice: Technology in our Ministry

GEMS Newsletter No. 39 pdf_button | March 2014
  A Best Practice: Blessing of Bikes

GEMS Newsletter No. 38 pdf_button | February 2014
  A Best Practice: Movies at the Parish

GEMS Newsletter No. 37 pdf_button | January 2014
  A Best Practice: Stations of the Cross with Taizé Prayer

 


2013 GEMS Newsletters

GEMS Newsletter No. 36 pdf_button | December 2013
  A Best Practice: One Word

GEMS Newsletter No. 35 pdf_button | November 2013
  A Best Practice: A Locally-Developed Video Series

GEMS Newsletter No. 34 pdf_button | October 2013
  Adult Faith Formation: What Didn't Work (#2)

GEMS Newsletter No. 33 pdf_button | September 2013
  The Catechumenate as a Model for Adult Formation

GEMS Newsletter No. 32 pdf_button | August 2013
  A Best Practice: Diocese of Green Bay's Girlfriends in God

GEMS Newsletter No. 31 pdf_button | July 2013
  A Best Practice: A Parish Week of Renewal

 

GEMS Newsletter No. 30 pdf_button | June 2013
  Adult Faith Formation Efforts: What Didn't Work

GEMS Newsletter No. 29 pdf_button | May 2013
  A Do-It-Yourself Evening of Reflection

GEMS Newsletter No. 28pdf_button | April 2013
  Content in Adult Faith Formation (Part VI)

GEMS Newsletter No. 27 pdf_button | March 2013
  Content in Adult Faith Formation (Part V)

GEMS Newsletter No. 26 pdf_button | February 2013
  Content in Adult Faith Formation (Part IV)

GEMS Newsletter No. 25 pdf_button | January 2013
  A Best Practice: A Lenten Evening of Prayer

 


New Adult Faith Formation Resources

FGM-BrochureF. Gerald Martin Pastoral Ministry Conference | Real Mission for Real People in Real Times

Three-day conference, Aug. 5-7, 2013 | Sterling Heights, Mich. Featuring Megan McKenna, theologian, author, and storyteller; Paul Lakeland, professor of Catholic studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut; Jamie L. Manson, speaker and retreat leader; and David Buersmeyer, pastor in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Sponsored by We Are the Church Conferences.

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40-Tips-Book40 Tips: Getting Started in Adult Faith Formation | By Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP

Practical, simple and easy to use essential insights and practices that will help parishes begin and/or deepen the magnitude of adult faith formation ministry.

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2012 GEMS Newsletters

GEMS Newsletter No. 24 pdf_button | December 2012
  Content in Adult Faith Formation (Part III)

GEMS Newsletter No. 23 pdf_button | November 2012
  Content in Adult Faith Formation (Part II)

GEMS Newsletter No. 22 pdf_button | October 2012
  Content in Adult Faith Formation (Part I)

GEMS Newsletter No. 21 pdf_button | September 2012
  Echoes of Faith Plus: Video-assisted Home and Group Study

GEMS Newsletter No. 20 pdf_button | June 2012
  A Retreat by Parishioners for Parishioners

 

GEMS Newsletter No. 19 pdf_button | May 2012
  Empowering the Living of Gifts

GEMS Newsletter No. 18 pdf_button | April 2012
  Hospitality in Adult Faith Formation (Part 4)

GEMS Newsletter No. 17 pdf_button | March 2012
  Hospitality in Adult Faith Formation (Part 3)

GEMS Newsletter No. 16 pdf_button | February 2012
  Hospitality in Adult Faith Formation (Part 2)

GEMS Newsletter No. 15 pdf_button | January 2012
  Hospitality in Adult Faith Formation (Part 1)

 


2011 GEMS Newsletters

GEMS Newsletter No. 5 pdf_button | January 2011
  A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of Belonging (Part III)

GEMS Newsletter No. 6 pdf_button | February 2011
  A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of Belonging (Part IV)

GEMS Newsletter No. 7 pdf_button | March 2011
  A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of Belonging (Part V)

GEMS Newsletter No. 8 pdf_button | April 2011
  A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of Belonging (Part VI)

GEMS Newsletter No. 9 pdf_button | May 2011
  A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of Belonging (Part VII)

 

GEMS Newsletter No. 10 pdf_button June-July 2011
  A Best Practice: Scripture by the Sound

GEMS Newsletter No. 11 pdf_button | September 2011
  A Best Practice: Online Scripture Study

GEMS Newsletter No. 12 pdf_button | October 2011
  A Best Practice: A Vicariate Mission

GEMS Newsletter No. 13 pdf_button | November 2011
  A Best Practice: Don't Be Caught Dead, Plan Ahead

GEMS Newsletter No. 14 pdf_button | December 2011
  A Best Practice: Parish Lenten Book Study Process

 


2010 GEMS Newsletters

GEMS Newsletter No. 1 pdf_button | September 2010
  Intro / A Best Practice: The Sunday/Monday Connection

GEMS Newsletter No. 2 pdf_button | October 2010
  A Best Practice: A Year of Renewal

 

GEMS Newsletter No. 3 pdf_button | November 2010
  A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of Belonging (Part I)

GEMS Newsletter No. 4 pdf_button | December 2010
  A Royal Welcome: Some Secrets of Belonging (Part II)

 


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