"By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established, through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures." Proverbs 24:3-4
The Scriptures name three archangels or head angels. We celebrate their feast day on September 29th. Other names of archangels and material about them evolved out of tradition and Jewish apocryphal books such as the Book of Enoch. The Book of Tobit (12:15: I am Raphael, one of the seven angels, who enter and serve before the Glory of the Lord) mentions 6 in addition to Raphael. The Catholic Church recognizes the 3 that are named in the canonical books of Scripture:
Saint Michael (One who is like God): Book of Daniel 12:1 At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people. Letter of Jude verse 9: Yet the archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not upon him pronounce a reviling judgment upon him. - Saint Gabriel (God is my strength) Angel of the Annunciation (Luke 1:19, 26) Explained a vision to Daniel, mentioned in both the Book of Daniel 8:16 and 9:21). - Saint Raphael (God is my health) Instructor of Tobit (see book) and guardian of Tobias. He is a prominent figure in the Book of Tobit.
The Formation Offices of the Diocese of St. Augustine exist to assist the local churches to participate more fully in the teaching mission of Christ and to aid the Bishop in his own task as shepherd and chief catechist of the local Church.
The Formation Offices have been established:
- to proclaim the Gospel
- to communicate the teaching of the Church
- to form people in whom the Word of God has taken root
- to provide programs and services which foster a living, conscious, informed and active faith
What each Office does:
The Office of Christian Formation is responsible for parish based religious education/catechetical programs for all age levels. The office provides assistance to parishes in the areas of: Religious Education, RCIA, Adult Faith Formation, Evangelization and Sacramental Preparation.
The Ministry Formation Office provides a three year comprehensive program of study for lay ecclesial leaders. This program, accredited by the USCCB, assists parishes and diocesan agencies by offering quality formation and practical experience to their leaders.
The Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office provides programming, resources, and training for youth ministers, youth and young adults of the diocese. Annual youth rallies, leadership camps, Theology on Tap, retreats and speakers are sponsored by the Youth and Young Adult Office. The office also oversees Catholic Scouting within the diocese.
Director of Formation11625 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258
(904)262-3200, ext 118