Adult Catholic Formation

St. Joseph's Adult and Family Ministry Offers Broad Array of Programs to Enhance Faith

Adult and Family Ministry at St. Joseph’s seeks to invite and enable ongoing conversion to Jesus and holiness of life, to promote and support active membership in the Church, and to call and prepare adults to act as disciples in mission to the world – all for the glory of God.

We seek to do that through a process of discipleship based on the Gospel: Encounter  Transform  Commission. This process invites people to encounter Christ, be transformed in Him, and commission them to bring others to Him. "Were not our hearts burning [within us} while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?" (Luke 24:32)

Dr. Dennis Sylva is our minister of adult formation. He can be reached at 414-771-4626 ext. 106.

See Upcoming Faith Formation Opportunities.

The Process


We offer opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ through large group experiences, testimonials, high-quality video presentations, book studies and scripture studies.

All-parish Encounters typically take place on Sunday mornings throughout the year.  Encounters offer opportunities for prayer, learning from live speakers or DVD presentations and discussion. Child care is provided for Sunday morning encounters. Other encounter opportunities exist through the year in book studies, speakers, presentations and scripture study. Watch the bulletin and parish website for dates and details.


Adults are invited to join a transformative small group which strives for spiritual growth with community and God. Transformative small groups cover a variety of demographics and meet at a variety of times and locations, with an aim toward forming disciples.


Disciples of Jesus are called to spread the Good News of Jesus to others, and become witnesses to Christ among us. Some are called to share in this mission through intentional leadership. They are formed, trained, and commissioned to do our Lord’s work of forming disciples within the parish and surrounding community.

  • Many disciples who have gone through the process of discipleship are called, formed, and commissioned to be ministry leaders in a variety of settings.
  • Ongoing formation and trainings throughout the year


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established by the Church for individuals to become Catholic and receive the sacraments of initiation.This initiation process also involves a parish community experiencing a renewal of faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. Centered on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and the Church He founded, this journey takes place through distinct stages over a period of time suitable to bring about a thorough pastoral care, catechesis, experience of parish life, and commitment to the moral and liturgical life of the Church.

Children over the age of 7 who are entering the Catholic Church, or who are in need of Baptism, go through a similar process of conversion called RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children).  If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming Catholic, please contact the parish office at 414-771-4626.

Volunteer Opportunities for the RCIA Team: Volunteers are welcome to be catechists, small group facilitators, team leaders and for hospitality.

Adult Confirmation

Adult Confirmation provides the opportunity for Catholic persons of post-high school age to prepare for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation. The adult confirmation program is a six-week study during the Easter Season for all Quad Parishes, culminating with confirmation at the cathedral. Please contact the parish office at 414-771-4626 for more information.

Infant Baptism Parent Preparation

All parents requesting Baptism for their child must complete a baptism preparation session. The session is offered on an as-needed basis and consists of one session with a preparation instructor. It is strongly recommended that parents register for baptism and complete this preparation session prior to the birth of their child. Baptisms are typically celebrated at Mass but can also be celebrated after Mass at noon. To register for preparation and celebration of this sacrament, please contact St. Joseph Congregation Parish Center Office at 414-771-4626.