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Lifelong Faith Formation Association

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Downloadable 2020-2021 flyer

The Lifelong Faith Formation Association (LFFA) is a network of parish leaders in catechetical ministry in the Diocese of Portland. The LFFA became a diocesan wide organization in June 2010 after the Cumberland and York County Coordinator's Association (CYCCA) took advantage of technology advances to open membership to the whole state. 

We are a networking group who support each other in catechetical ministry for all ages - children through adults. On the Second Thursday of September to April and June, we have regular monthly meetings and plan an annual retreat for the first week of May. Our monthly meetings usually feature a guest speaker who helps us explore a topic in catechetical ministry relevant to our times. Anyone may participate in a monthly LFFA meeting, though only those who are paid members will receive notes from the monthly meetings and email reminders of upcoming meetings/events. To see a current schedule, please click schedule (2020-2021 topics coming soon).

We hope you will join us! Please click  'To Join' to complete the online form to become part of the association. The $35 annual dues help with the costs of speakers, the book for the annual group-read, and cards/gifts for members who experience a death or serious illness. A limited number of partial scholarships are available if cost is a deterrent to membership.




Discussion Topic

September 10, 2020
9:15am – 12n

Julianne Stanz excerpt "Start with Jesus…" Faith Forum

Collaborating with Catholic Schools?

October 8, 2020
9:15am – 12n

Tim Welch – Use of Digital Tools for Faith Formation

Take away from discussion re: Faith Forum?

November 12, 2020
9:15am – 12n

Shannon Fossett – Sacramental Practice/Canon Law

Technology; What has worked and what has not?

December 10, 2020
9:15am – 12n

Fr. Kyle Doustou –


What were the high points of Canon Law in Sacramental practice?

January 14, 2021
9:15am – 12n

Book Read – Break Out Groups – Renewing Catholic Family Life

How did we make use of Fr. Kyle’s Advent insights?

February 11, 2021
9:15am – 12n

Franciscans – The Joy of Lent

What stuck with you from our Book Read last month? 

March 11, 2021
9:15am – 12n

Steve & Kathy Beirne-

Support for Married Couples

How did we apply what we learned from Franciscans?

April 8, 2021
9:15am – 12n

Georgette Dionne - Psychology of Jesus

What can we do to support Married couples?

May 13, 2021
9:15am – 12n

Michelle Valcourt – Middle School Ministry

How did we apply what we learned about the pyschology of Jesus?

June 10, 2021
9:15am – 12n



The LFFA is organized by a board of catechetical/youth ministry leaders currently serving parishes in Maine and have been members of LFFA for at least two years. Please see the listing of the current board members below and reach out to any of us  questions you may have about our association or to make comments or suggestions to support our shared mission in the Church.

Contact LFFA Board Members



Kris Torrey  E-mail

Phone: (207) 807-5694
St Anthony of Padua Parish
PO Box 69
Westbrook, ME  04098


Donna Deschaine  E-mail
Vice Chairperson

Phone: (207) 316-5758  Cell
            (207) 728-7914   Home

Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish
521 Gagnon Road
Madawaska,  ME  04756

Donna Deschane

Joanne Fortier  Email

Phone: (207) 583-4284

St. Joseph Parish
225 South High St.
Bridgton, ME   04009


Clare Desrosiers  E-mail

Phone: (207) 538-2871

St Mary Parish
112 Military St.
Houlton,  ME 04730

Clare Desrosiers


Vicariate I: Barbara Pelletier (St John Vianney, Fort Kent)

Vicariate II: Jeanine Wright (St Peter the Fisherman, Machias)

Vicariate III: (vacant)

Vicariates IV & V: Melissa Mauris (Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes)

Vicariate VI: Carolyn Houston (Holy Spirit, Wells/Kennebunk)

diocesan staff of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation

Lori Dahlhoff (Director of Lifelong Faith Formation)

Shawn Gregory (Coordinator of Youth Ministry)

Georgette Dionne (Coordinator of Children and Adult Ministries)

Hannah Gonneville (Assistant Coordinator)