Formation Courses

The Church of the Resurrection Formation Program consists of fifteen three-talk courses which are covered over several years. The courses are divided into two categories: Love of God and Love of Neighbor.

With these courses we aim to encourage our parishioners to enter more deeply into the love that God has called us to through a life of prayer, self-denial and regular participation in the Sacraments, and to share that love with others through service and the exercise of the virtues in our families and with all those we meet, including those who have not yet encountered the life-transforming love of Christ.

The courses plumb the richness and beauty of Scripture, the teachings of the Catholic faith and the example and wisdom of the Saints, and provide practical ways in which we can advance in obedience to the two greatest commandments: to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

The Formation Course evenings typically begin at 7:00pm, end at 8:30pm, and are held in the Church. Snacks and beverages will be provided after the last session. There is currently no childcare scheduled for these events. There is no cost to attend.

Visit our Formation Course YouTube channel or scroll down to view the talks we've offered thus far. Please be patient as the videos take a moment to appear on this page.

For more information about Formation Courses, please contact Sean O'Neill at [email protected].

1 | The Journey to God

The course follows the path that someone would take from initial conversion to sainthood and describes the different stages on that journey into the Heart of Love and into the fulfillment of all desire. Drawing upon the teaching of seven Spiritual Doctors of the Church, Ralph Martin presents a study of the journey to God. This course provides encouragement and direction for the pilgrim who desires to know, love, and serve our Lord.

Speaker: Dr. Ralph Martin
Talks in this Series
: The Purgative Way (Audio), The Illuminative Way (Audio), The Unitive Way (Audio)
Presented on
: January 16, 23 & 30, 2020

2 | Holiness & Wholeness

In this course we explore the kind of life God wants for us and potential barriers to living that life. God wants us to be holy as He is holy and yet, as we grow into union with Him, the wounds and hurts of the past can creates obstacles. The talks in this course explain how to address these difficulties, how to find relief from the distress they cause and how to find healing and grow into wholeness, holiness and, ultimately, sainthood.

Speakers: Fr. Steve Mattson, Liz O'Neill, Sean O'Neill
Talks in this Series: Trauma & Neglect; Forgiveness; Brokenness & Wholeness
Presented on
: April 30, May 7 & 14, 2020

3 | Love of God & of Neighbor

This course explores what it means to obey the two great commandments: to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Taking as its starting point the supreme example of Jesus who loved perfectly both God and man, the talks delve into the true meaning of loving oneself and practical ways of loving God and those whom he has given us to love.

Speakers: Fr. Steve Mattson, Liz O'Neill, Sean O'Neill
Talks in this Series: The Example of Jesus; Loving Oneself Appropriately; Balance Between Love of God & of Neighbor
Presented on: July 16, 23, & 30, 2020

4 | Family, Part 1:
Building Family According to the Church’s Vision

This course is an overview of what healthy marriage and family should look like. It provides a vision for what is possible for the Catholic family in the world of today, what a family can aspire to and what helps there are to achieving that vision. The course covers the nature of the husband and wife relationship in the context of the Christian life, how parenting is a crucial form of evangelization, and some ways in which the family can pass on the faith to the next generation.

Speakers: Peter & Debbie Herbeck
Talks in this Series
: Husband & Wife; Parenting; Healthy Family Life
Presented on: September 10, 17 & 24, 2020

5 | Spiritual Growth Through Study

This course explores the ways in which good spiritual reading can enhance our life of faith, draw us closer to God and inspire us to greater love of neighbor. It provides a rationale for why reading spiritual works should be a regular part of our growth in the Christian life and why it is indispensable that we feed our minds with the things of God. It also provides practical guidelines for what to read and how to read it and recommends an approach that is aimed at spiritual growth and not merely a cerebral exercise.

Speaker: Dr. John Yocum
Talks in this Series:
Scripture (AUDIO | HANDOUT), The Tradition (AUDIO | HANDOUT), The Magisterium (AUDIO | HANDOUT)
Presented On
: October 21, 28, & November 4, 2021

6 | The Tradition of the Church

The aim of the course is to understand the notion of Tradition in general and the unique place of Scripture in the life of the Church. We will also take a glance at four great figures who embody that Tradition in their works: St. Athanasius; St. Basil; St. Augustine; St. Thomas Aquinas.

Speaker: Dr. John Yocum

To listen to the talks and download the handouts, visit The Tradition of the Church multimedia page.

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