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The Office of Faith Formation promotes lifelong faith formation for Arkansas Catholics by empowering, resourcing and certifying parish catechetical leaders, coordinators of Christian initiation, parish catechists and Christian initiation teams. We strive to implement the General and National Directories for Catechesis, the Rites of Christian Initiation and other Church documents related to catechesis, Christian formation and initiation.


Catechist Formation and Certification — Catechist formation and certification is available for parishes and schools to ensure that those who teach the faith have the understanding and knowledge to share it.

Faith Formation Programs — The Faith Formation Office offers a variety of programs for youth and adults in English and Spanish to help participants grow their relationship with God and his Church.

How to Become Catholic — This Q&A details the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process by which men and women become members of the Catholic Church.

Little Rock Theology Institute — This three-year academic program is designed to help adults learn more about the Catholic faith. Students may attend for personal enrichment, catechist certification or earn a degree in theology.

Parish Faith Formation Resources — The Faith Formation Office recommends these resources, by grade level, for use in parish catechetical programs.

Permanent Diaconate Formation — This five-year, bilingual program forms Catholic men for ordination to the permanent diaconate.

Rediscover the Catholic Faith — This feature offers information and resources for those who previously practiced the Catholic faith and now wish to return to that practice through the sacraments.

School of Spiritual Direction — This three-year program for clergy, religious and laypeople provides formation for those who feel called to the ministry of spiritual direction. It is offered in English and Spanish.

St. Andrew School of Evangelization — This program, provided in English and Spanish, is designed to help young adults go out into the world and proclaim the Good News.

Transforming Force — This Catholic movement was founded in 2006 by Jaime Torres, a former gang leader, to reach people who are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions.

Why become Catholic?

"I was born and raised Episcopalian. I married a Catholic; I'm just very comfortable in the Catholic Church. When you have a question, you have the history of the Church that can answer any question you have, it's not just one person making an opinion on it. The spiritual growth has been incredible through the RCIA program that I never expected it to be. I started doing it for my son who is 1 now, and it turned into a very personal journey that was kind of unexpected and kind of glorious. Read more.


The Faith Formation Office consults with parish catechetical leaders, pastors and Christian initiation coordinators to provide assistance:

  • In planning, implementing and evaluating a total parish catechetical process
  • In planning Vacation Bible School
  • With resources for children with special needs
  • With guidelines for sacramental preparation and celebrating the sacraments of initiation and reconciliation

The staff also provides resources for:

  • Faith formation to youth and adults
  • Hispanic catechesis
  • Area/diocesan meetings for parish catechetical leaders and Christian initiation coordinators
  • Implementation of diocesan goals regarding catechesis and Christian initiation