Faith Formation for Adults

Formational Ministries Commission

The commission shall establish and recommend goals and objectives annually to the parish pastoral council that flow from the pastoral plan for the parish.  These goals and objectives are to address the educational and formational needs of the parish and faith community.   

Adult Formational Ministries 

Saint Leo has expanded adult education opportunities to include several new ministries. We’re building and offering better ways to serve the many populations that make up our wonderful parish community. For more information on all the programs below, please check our website, Facebook page and bulletin often or call the church office at 336.724.0561.

Morning Ministries - Educational, practical and social programs from 9:00 – 11:00 AM for seniors. Mr. Burley Strader is our facilitator and coordinator for all Morning Ministries’ opportunities. 

Wednesday Evening Ministries - Catechetical programs for adults held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. 

Saint Monica Holy Hour - Entrusting the written intentions of parishioners to Saint Monica as part of a Novena and Litany each Thursday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in the church. 

Catholic Cancer Support Ministry - A group designed to accompany people living wtih cancer, cancer survivors and their caregivers with faith-filled support, knowledge and resources. Featuring spiritually based and cancer specific speakers, small groups with peer facilitators, mentors and resources (book lists, online and local services/programs). We are blessed with a leadership team of clergy, religious, oncologists, psychologists, cancer nurses, cancer survivors, caregivers and parishioners living with cancer. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7:00 pm in the Saint Cecilia room. 

Bereavement Ministry - Joanne Parcell is our facilitator and coordinator for Healing Companions. This group meets the first and third Thursday of each month to provide structured, Catholic based grief ministry support. 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month, 7 - 9 PM, Msgr. Showfety Room.

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Adult Education Room - Please stop by the old annex/new Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Room any time to enjoy a quiet, comfortable and relaxing way to either read or take advantage of our numerous DVD catechetical programs on your own time. Please contact the church office at 336.724.0561 for more information, a current list of available programs or to schedule a time to view a program. And bring your friends! 

Christian Book Club

Join fellow parishioners to discuss assigned books throughout the year.  We meet every other Sunday at 7:00 PM in the Monsignor Showfety Conference Room of the Bishop Begley Parish Center.  

Winter 2017 - Reading, "He Leadeth Me" by Father Walter Ciszek.  Next Meeting: December 3rd. We meet in the Msgr. Showfety room from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Newcomers most welcome! 

Contact:  Mary Riser  336.817.5976 or using our contact form.


We are a group of young men and women who encourage one another to grow in holiness and live a Christian life in the midst of the modern world.  We meet regularly for prayer and study, inspiring speakers, conferences, social events and service projects. By living true Christian friendship, we support one another in learning about and living our faith. 

Women's Group  
Weekly, Every Monday, 7:30 pm 
First Monday of the month -  Pray the rosary - Bethany's place   
Our weekly group meets at Chrissy's house. No preparation is required. 

Men’s Group
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 8:00 pm
Hubbard's House
The men's group meets at Michael Hubbard's house (3218 Chelsea Village Circle).         

Bible Study 
Panera @ Cloverdale Avenue 
We gather at 6:00 pm at Panera (Cloverdale) to read the Sunday readings and discuss them. No bible study experience or Theology degree is necessary.   

Christmas Party 
Saturday, December 2nd, 7:00 pm
The Casey's Casa (859 Osprey Ridge Road) 
Bring a dessert to share and a re-gift from home for a Christmas gift swap. 

Day Retreat 
Saturday, January 6th, 2018 
Join us for our annual day retreat! This year’s theme is focusing on St. Joan of Arc’s quote, “I am not afraid, I was born for this.” Registration opens on December 1st. 

Contact:  Frassati using our contact form.  
Facebook page:

Men’s Gospel Group

The men of Saint Leo are invited to attend a Gospel Group on Thursday mornings from 6:45 AM – 7:30 AM in the Msgr. Showfety Room of the Bishop Begley Parish Center.  The Gospel for the upcoming Sunday is the focus with commentary and the opportunity to learn from your fellow parishioners. You do not have to be a Biblical scholar to participate! And there is no registration, just come and join us! 

Contact:  Paul Hoeing using our contact form

Testimonies from participants: 

  • "The meetings have given me new perspectives on the Gospel readings. Hearing the point-of-views of the other men has opened my mind to the many ways that Jesus has influenced my life." 
  • "The discussions we have each week help me better understand how God wants me to live the message of the Gospel." 
  • "Participating in the Men's Gospel Group is one of the highlights of my week. The studying of the Gospel with fellow parishioners deepens my faith and enriches the Sunday Mass. This time is well spent and a great way to start each Thursday." 
  • It is inspiring to hear the comments and insight brought to the group by the men's sharing's. It brings the Gospel to life. By reading the Sunday Gospels each week, I start to see how Jesus is leading us like He lead his disciples to a better understanding as to what Jesus expects of me." 

Sunday Morning Adult Education

2017-2018 Sunday Morning Adult Education: “Genesis to Jesus"

What is the Bible, where does it come from and what is its purpose? How are Catholics supposed to read the Bible and what story does it have to tell? These are the questions we take up in this “big picture” survey course. Along with this study we’ll be looking at the Bible readings for Mass each Sunday. 

Following an introduction to Catholic teaching about divine revelation and Bible, we jump right in and begin reading. We start with the creation story and Noah’s ark, and trace the history of salvation as it unfolds in the series of covenants that God makes with His chosen people, and we’ll see how this history reaches its climax and fulfillment in Jesus and the Church. The aim is to give you a solid outline and overview of the story that the Bible tells, from Genesis to Jesus. 

This course is based on the (free) online study at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology ( ) based on Scott Hahn’s book, A Father Who Keeps His Promises. While this online study and Dr. Hahn’s book are valuable, only a Bible is required for our Sunday morning meetings, and they will be provided if you don’t have one with you.

Our Fall 2017 Schedule

Our Spring 2018 Schedule

When: Sundays during youth Faith Formation, about 9:10 - 10:05 am. Drop in whenever you can. 
Where: Activity Center Annex (Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Room)
Who: Anyone! (Catholic, non-Catholic, young or old) 
How much: Free! And there's no homework or obligation. 

Coffee and cake will be provided, and babies and young children are welcome to tag along. For questions about the course contact Laura Kobet at 336-406-4940.  

Wednesday Evening Adult Education

Saint Leo is home to a growing adult education program offering a wide variety of opportunities throughout the year.  Programs include one night speakers to six week DVD/small group discussion series.  Topics are chosen to meet the unique population that makes up our parish community. Check back here often for updates on upcoming programs.  Contact:  Mary Beth Young  336.724.0561 or using our contact form.  

From previous programs: 

Documents from John Reynolds' presentations

Guidelines on How to Read the Bible 

Bible Study Plan 

Read the Gospels First 

How to Read the Book of Genesis


Women’s Bible Study

9:30 am - 11:15 am  Parish Activity Center   

You’re welcome to join this vibrant group of women each Wednesday morning at 9:15 AM in the lower level of the Bishop Begley Parish Center.  A new Bible Study begins each September.  The format includes small group discussion and speakers. There is a registration fee for study materials. Visit the church office to register or fill out the Online Form below.  

Contact:  Mary Martha Douglas  336.727-0818 or using our contact form

Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 Women's Bible Study 

Wednesdays; September 6, 2017 - April 25, 2018 

Study: The First, Second, and Third Letter of John and the Revelation of St. John published by Ignatius Press 

Cost: $15 includes study guide; $5 study guide not included (membership only) 

Register here: Women's Bible Study 2017-2018 Online Registration Form 

You may also visit the church office to fill out a form. **Kindly provide your current contact information even if it has been provided in the past. 

Payment: Online payment can be made here on our Online Giving page* or a check can be sent or dropped off at the St. Leo Church Office (335 Springdale Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27104). 

*If you make a payment through our online giving program, please be sure to choose Women's Bible Study Fund. 

Description: Have you ever wondered what all the mysterious imagery in Revelation means? Would you like to be filled with a message of HOPE and LOVE while getting to know other Catholic ladies in our area? Come join us for Bible Study! 

Childcare provided, if needed. If you are in need of financial assistance, have questions or need childcare, please contact Mary Martha Douglas at 336-727-0818 or through the link above. You may also contact the church office: 336-724-0561. Please do not let the cost of the study stop you from signing up!