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 structured, Catholic support group for parishioners living with cancer and a ministry committed to accompanying parishioners living with cancer, survivors and caregivers with a faith system of hope, knowledge and trust. 

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.  

Currently reading: "The Seven Storey Mountain" by Thomas Merton

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 (1714 Lynwood Avenue)  
Our weekly group meets at Chrissy's house. We are reading through and discussing "The Joy of the Gospel" by Pope Francis. No preparation is required. 

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

Bible Study 
Thursdays, 6:00 pm 
Panera at Cloverdale 
Join us to go over the Sunday readings! No preparation or bible study experience required.         

Brunch After Mass 
Sunday, April 2nd, 12 Noon 
Village Tavern 

Contact:  Frassati using our contact form.  
Facebook page:

Men’s Prayer Group

The men of Saint Leo are invited to attend a Prayer 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 Prayer 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

2016-2017: The Apostles Creed

Please join us this year as we spend time in the first part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which explains the Apostles Creed in wonderful detail. We’ll talk about the Trinity, the Bible, creation, angels, Jesus’ life (framed by the mysteries of the Rosary), the Church… well, there’s very little we won’t talk about this year! We’ll introduce the topics then go as deep as we can given the little time we have. Participate as much (or as little) as you wish. Bring a Catechism if you have one, and we’ll have lots of extra copies if you don’t. Coffee and cake will be served and young children are welcome to tag along. Sunday mornings: 9:10 am in the Parish Center Annex/Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton room.

Spring 2017 Schedule 

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.  

2016-2017 Women's Bible Study Online Registration 

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

Women's Bible Study Fall 2016 - Winter/Spring 2017  

When: Wednesdays; September 14, 2016 - May 3, 2017
Time: 9:15 - 11:15 am 
Where: St. Leo's Parish Activity Center 
Cost: $15 includes study guide - Registration required - contact the church office: 336-724-0561.
What: Study of the Gospel of John using the Ignatius Press Study Guide 
Description: Do you REALLY know and believe how much God LOVES YOU? Come join us for a study of the Gospel of John and allow God's Love to transform your life! 

Childcare will be provided, if needed.