"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
This feast is one of the oldest Christian feasts, although throughout the centuries it has celebrated a variety of things. The word Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning to reveal. All of the various events celebrated throughout history as epiphany are revelations of Christ to humanity. Epiphany was first celebrated in the East, where it has been celebrated on January 6th. Among Eastern and Orthodox Catholics today, the feast is known as Theophany -- the revelation of God to humanity.
Epiphany originally celebrated 4 different events: Baptism of Jesus, the wedding feast at Cana, the Nativity and the visitation of the Wise Men. Note in each of these, Christ is revealed as God. Eventually, the Nativity was separated out and the Feast of the Epiphany marked the end of the Christmas season in the West. Over centuries, the other celebrations were also separated out in the Western Church. This year, Epiphany is on Sunday, January 4th and the Baptism of the Lord is on Sunday, January 11th. In many parts of Europe, the Feast of the Epiphany is at least as important as the celebration of Christmas. In many of the Mediterranean countries, Christians exchange gifts on Epiphany.
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