Formed Webinars Offer Archdiocesan Parishes Ideas, Training
Weekly webinars offer users of Formed, an online subscription library of Catholic video, audio, and print materials, training on how to help them and other parishioners use the materials in small or parish-wide groups.
Approved for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, who has made a grant to pay for most of a year’s subscription fee to all parishes, Formed includes video catechetical series, movies, audio and video recordings of lectures, online books and workbooks, and other materials from a variety of Catholic publishers that can be used for individual, family, group, and parish-wide groups.
Materials come from Lighthouse Catholic Media, the Augustine Institute, the St. Paul Center for Biblical Study, Ignatius Press, and others. Bulletin announcements, posters, other promotional materials are also available on the site, along with leader planning and presentation documents.
Materials featured for the month of may include the book The World’s First Love, Archbishop Fulton Sheen; a Lighthouse lecture on Mother Theresa and the Blessed Mother; the feature film Mary of Nazareth; an episode of the catechetical series Symbolon dedicated to Mary, and the 12-part video series by Dr. Scott Hahn’s scripture study institute, The Bible and the Virgin Mary.
Webinars are free to anyone with a person or parish subscription. All who sign up will see a live lecture from their computer or device, and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Upcoming subjects include:
- May 12: How to Use the Beloved Program for Marriage Preparation and Enrichment with Dr. Edward Sri
- May 19: How to Successfully Promote and Implement FORMED in Your Parish
- May 25: How to Use Lectio on FORMED to Unveil Scripture and Tradition with Dr. Tim Gray
Recordings of previous webinars are also availalbe to watch online. Subjects include youth ministry, catechesis and RCIA, how to use the Hearts Afire series, and materials related to Divine Mercy.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the largest diocese to subscribe to Formed, which is available nationwide. Groups have used Formed in men’s fellowship groups, marriage preparation groups, RCIA, parish and small-group discussion groups, homeschooling, and other formal and informal study groups.
Individual subscriptions to Formed are available for $9.99 a month. Parish subscriptions, which give leaders a parish code available to anyone in the parish area, including non-Catholics interested in the Catholic faith, are $139.99 a month. To find out whether your parish has a membership or to subscribe, see Formed.org.
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