The JustFaith Catholic program now includes Laudato Si as its central text and is designed for small groups of Catholics. Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching, the program invites participants to live more simply, love more compassionately, and make a difference in the world. Through engaging reading, prayer, thought-provoking dialogue, and encounter, participants will open their hearts to the world while building lasting-relationships.
Deeper Faith Connection
Throughout the journey, JustFaith participants discover a deeper connection to their faith, parish, and community.
Discover new perspectives
Participants develop a new level of understanding of systemic issues and see more clearly the faces and lives of people most affected by those systems.
Renew connections to parish and social ministry
Inspired by new insights about the world’s needs, JustFaith participants develop passion, compassion, and patience that prepare them for the work of social ministry.
Groups are co-facilitated by two participants from the group, using materials provided upon registration.
JustFaith includes twenty-four 2 ½-hour sessions, broken into four phases of six sessions. An optional fifth phase, a three-session discernment phase, completed in one 6-hour day or broken into three 2-hour sessions, is highly recommended. All sessions include prayer, dialogue, active listening, and relationship-building. Some sessions also include videos and/or guest speakers.
Participants deepen their understanding through in-depth reading of several books and viewing a number of DVDs and online materials. The most essential resource is the community formed through the JustFaith process.
The ideal group size is 10–15 people; a small faith-sharing group that is connected by deep listening, dialogue, and trust.
To broaden perspectives, each of the 4 phases include an immersion where participants visit local organizations to learn from the stories of those living and working on the margins of society.
Opening and Commissioning Retreats frame the process. The optional Discernment Phase invites participants to explore how they might live with a deeper sense of purpose.
JUST FAITH TESTIMONIALS
What They’re Saying
During the JustFaith program, a deep awakening took root in me to make a difference in the world, no matter how large or small.
– Mary L., Janesville, WI
Affordable Pricing for Groups
JustFaith is a program for small-groups within a church, parish or organization. If you’d like more information on how to start a program, please contact us at [email protected]
- Comprehensive materials for each session, revised annually
- Facilitation guides and support
- Retreat and immersion design
- Access to program staff for support
Other program costs include books for participants. Estimated total cost for these materials is $90/person. Groups also purchase DVDs, PDFs and one streaming documentary at an estimated total cost of $113/organization.
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Frequently Asked Questions
While both versions explore the gospel call to compassion and address the systemic causes of poverty and other social injustices, the Catholic version explores them through the lens of Catholic social teaching.
Yes, participants commit to the entire program. Participants joining or leaving the group after the first session or two disrupts group formation and process. To maintain momentum, we recommend that groups schedule all of the phases without breaks in between. If groups choose to take breaks, we recommend no more than two weeks between phases.
No. Program fees and resources provide only about 25% of the cost of program development and maintenance. The majority of the cost of each program is provided by generous donations from past program participants. We are also sustained by the support of our partner organizations and grants. JustFaith Ministries relies on these partners to make sure all programs are affordable for churches, organizations, and individuals who want to participate in our mission.
Facilitators are not expected to be the expert or “teacher” with all the answers.
Guided by user-friendly materials and with support from JustFaith Ministries staff (as needed),
- gather materials, coordinate logistics, and prepare to facilitate a session
- express a genuine interest in the social mission of the Church
- are capable of overseeing a group conversation
- are attentive to the needs and energies of the group