Nurturing future Catholic leaders in our churches and schools by providing both spiritual and pastoral formation and support – helping us to play an active role in the parish community - helping us to understand more about our faith so as to deepen our personal relationship with God.

Formation sub group


Deacon Michael McKearney, Coordinator of Ongoing Formation of Clergy
Alex Parker, Parish Catechist
Lianne Pap, Marriage and Family Life Coordinator
Deacon Nick St John, Leadership and co-responsibility
Clare Ford, Kenelm Youth Trust
Richard Smith, Diocesan Education Service
Anna Howard, Kenelm Youth Trust
Amanda Orchard, Maryvale Institute


  • To draw on the General Directory for Catechesis to provide a rationale for formation in the Archdiocese
  • To secure a framework of formation for catechists
  • To produce documentation that supports the strategic development of formation in the Archdiocese
  • To learn from each other and work together in the production and review of documentation
  • To produce ‘signposts for formation’ within (and outside of) the Archdiocese that can be accessed by deaneries and parishes as part of resourcing their strategic planning
  • To produce a document which describes the ‘features of formation’ and underlines the importance of the ministry of the catechist and accompaniment as part of the formation process
  • To provide a formation framework to assist deaneries and parishes in their planning for the provision of formation at every stage of life and faith development with a particular focus on marriage, family and youth formation
  • Highlight areas of specialist formation e.g. parental catechesis, youth ministry, hospital/hospice chaplaincy, prison ministry, Ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, school chaplaincy.

Current work

We are currently working on a document that identifies the 'features of formation' that would hopefully characterise formation, in whatever setting it was taking place.

The eight features of formation are: Invitational, Fraternal, Prayer, Encounter, Evangelisation, Conversion, Catechesis, and Vocation.

We are also gathering 'signposts for formation' which will give information about resource providers within and outside of the Archdiocese.