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Office of Lifelong Faith Formation

...putting people not only in touch with, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ...

The Office of Lifelong Faith Formation (OLFF) serves the parishes of the Diocese of Portland in the efforts of evangelization, catechesis, and lifelong faith formation of adults, youth, and children. According to the Vatican General Directory for Catechesis, all evangelizing activity promotes communion with Jesus Christ (no.80) and the aim of catechesis to encourage a living, explicit, and fruitful profession of faith in each baptized person (no. 66).

The OLFF staff provides ongoing support and resources for pastors, parish staff, ministry volunteers and parishioners to participate fully in the life and mission of the Church. 

The OLFF team works to realize this vision as we:

  • Encourage and supportsparishes in following the universal call of all Christians to evangelize

  • Assist Parish Catechetical Leaders and Pastoral Life Coordinators in their formation and ministry

  • Support Parish Youth Ministry and offers program that lead youth closer to Christ

  • Serve parishes by supporting the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

  • Assist parishes in Baptism and Marriage preparation, Project Rachel and Divorce Ministry

  • Help parishes promote and strengthen marriage and family life

  • Encourage Adult Faith Formation throughout the diocese that forms the laity in their Catholic faith, relationship with Christ and role as disciples in the mission of evangelization

  • Strive to utilize technology and modern media as an evangelization and lifelong faith formation tool to better meet the geographic challenges of the diocese and lifestyle of today’s Catholics.