The Vision of Walk by Faith
"Aspires to build confidence in people to be active in the life and Mission of the Church in the 21st century by fostering personal and spiritual formation, deepening understanding of Church teaching and Scripture and integrating this with faith and life experience."
What is Walk by Faith?
Adult Faith Formation
Walk by Faith is a three-year distance learning programme that aims to help people deepen their understanding of themselves, God and the teaching and living their faith.
Participants may enrol for one, two or three years. The course is open to people from every walk of life. If you enjoy reading in your own time, reflecting and taking part in group discussion, you will appreciate this stimulating and interesting programme. Previous study is not necessary!
Each year of the programme is divided into modules which include themes on various topics. Each module takes about six weeks of study. The group has a tutor and the module begins with a retreat/Introduction day followed by a tutorial. Participants receive a Participants' book and a book of readings to assist them in their study.
Assignments enable participants to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. The programme concludes in Year three with an outreach project by participants or in groups.
Year One: Journey of Faith - FORMATION
The aim of this year is to provide opportunities for you to explore your identity, your life journey, your faith journey with God while reflecting on people and events who have influenced these.
Year Two: Christian Journey - INFORMATION
The aim of this year is to provide opportunities to explore the Incarnation, Jesus' life, death and resurrection, the Trinity, Images of God, life in the Spirit, the Sacraments and sacramentality, the Liturgy of the Eucharist, living a Christian life, the Liturgical Year, Mary and the Saints, the Outcomes and Documents of Vatican 11 and the Church in Aotearoa New Zealand today.
Year Three: Journey to Mission - TRANSFORMATION
The aim of this year is to provide opportunities to develop your understanding of the Church, its mission, the meaning of New Evangelisation and Catholic Social Teaching.
This webpage will contact different resources that are used in the Walk by Faith programme for the tutors and participants. I will regularly up date so please visit.
Click here to view the YouTube channel for WBF. These clips are used as part of WBF programme and there is a variety of presenters who talk about the different topics that are covered with in the course.
New Zealand Catholic Church website:
You will refer to this website in Module Two - Theme One.
The Bible online: click here.
This is great resource that offers information on biblical and church teachings. Also another resources for those interested in Archaeology, is the Biblical Archaeology website. This has different scholars writing about their latest digs that relate to the writings of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. A great resource. Click here.
Papal Encyclicals: Click here
Prayer and Journaling Resources
Here are a few links to different sites which you may find useful:
Pray-as-you-go: Jesuit Ministries UK
Journaling and reflecting:
A journal is an ordinary, honest account of what is going on in your life, how you feel about it and your awareness of where God is in it all. Journalling invites us to ponder the significance of events, and new insight and to prayerfully reflect on this with God. Journaling helps us to be more intentional about our relationship with God and how we are experiencing God's nearness as we travel through life's journey.
Journal writing achieves three things: it is a record, which aids reflection and thus becomes a means of respondingto God's call to deepening discipleship.
Here is a list of books which I have found useful and they maybe of use to you. If there is any book that you would like added to the list please let me know. Click here
Catholic Social Teaching
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. We are working on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief. Click here
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. Click here
Faith Doing Justice is a great website full of great resources on Catholic Social Teaching. Click here
Eureka Street is a publication of the Australian Jesuits. It existed as a monthly, and briefly bi-monthly, print magazine for 16 years, commencing in March 1991. Today it exists as a vibrant online journal of analysis, commentary and reflection on current issues in the worlds of politics, religion and culture. It aims to participate in public discussion and influence public opinion regarding the Things That Matter in Australia and the world. Click here
The Nathaniel Centre – the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre – was established on 1 May 1999 as an agency of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference. We seek to bring the light of the Gospel and the moral tradition of the Catholic Church to issues in bioethics. Click here
Click here to listen to different scholars from Catholic Universities talk about issues that relate to Church and our world.
Graduation Mass at Holy Name Parish Dunedin - 2016
L-R - Backrow: Sr Mary Hepburn rsm (Tutor) Frank Meenan (Graduate), Yvonne McRae (Graduate), Michelle Roberts (Graduate), Sister Anna Burrowes rsm (coordinator).
L-R - Frontrow: Gabrielle Monti-Sheehan (Graduate), Sr Maria Goretti Howley (Graduate), Fay Ford (Tutor), Sr Joan Bennett OP (Tutor)
Here are some thoughts of past participants:
- My personal reflection after completing a three year Christian faith experience called “Walk by Faith”. This three year journey has been an amazing learning curve for me helping to direct my mind and heart to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The subject matter has been extremely enjoyable but also challenging. It has helped me to be more confident in my understanding in living a Catholic life, with a clearer love and appreciation for the faith that I had previously thought I knew pretty much all about. We regularly gather together for social and learning occasions discussing our everyday experiences while examining a particular topic on our ‘Journey of faith’. Over the last three year period, I have discovered with greater conviction the path leading me towards my Christian responsibility with God and my neighbour" - Frank, Year Three Graduate 2015.
- “I have spent the last three years on a voyage of discovery and rediscovery. I have rediscovered my knowledge of the church today, the scriptures and their contemporary relevance, and the sharing of my faith with others. The discipline of study and assignments has been challenging and the seminars wonderful and informative” - Gabrielle, Year Three Graduate 2015.
- Walk by Faith has been a great way of reflecting on my life. Through that reflection process, my prayer life and relationship with our Lord has certainly deepened. Walk by Faith has shown me my weaknesses but also my strengths. It has been great to build up a trusting relationship with our group, tutor and co-ordinator. I would strongly encourage you to participate. Yvonne, Year Three Graduate 2015.
- “It enabled me to reflect on my Faith journey. It brought about a further deepening of my Faith in learning about the presence of Jesus in my life. It also enabled me to be challenged. It has been a well worthwhile programme, enabling me to become more aware of the presence of God in my life and in everything around me.” – Des Year Three Graduate 2014
In my first year of Walk by Faith, I read in one of the set books, 'Our God is a God of Surprises, and we had better be prepared to be surprised if we seek a meeting with the Holy One, (LE.Mick). This has been my experience of Walk by Faith. I have been challenged, amazed and enlightened beyond my expectations as I have grown both in my spiritual life and in my knowledge of the church. I recommend the course to everyone who takes Christian life seriously. - Kath, Year Three Graduate.