"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
Theotokos, Our Lady, The Immaculate Conception
Theotokos Greek, Mother of God, God-bearer...CCC 495. Mary's oldest title was established by the Council of Ephesus in 431. The solemnity on January 1 celebrates this declaration of Mary's divine maternity and Christ's two distinct natures: human and divine.
Our Lady In French, Notre Dame. In Italian, Madonna.
The Immaculate Conception CCC 491-492. Under this title, Mary is the patroness of the United States. The title celebrates her sinless conception in the womb of her mother. As this title also commemorates an event, it is celebrated on December 8, nine months before the traditional celebration of her birthday on September 8.
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
Coordinator of Ministry Formation(904) 262-3200, ext 103
Administrative Assistant for Christian Formation(904)262-3200, ext 117