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St. Francis of Assisi Adult Faith offers gathered events, online learning, and other opportunities to grow in faith, including prayer, faith sharing, retreats and discernment sessions, learning and study groups, small group community building, and opportunities to inquire about the Catholic faith or Become Catholic.

Study Groups


Beginning Apologetics

Apologetics: A branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity. (

Join us for this study of Catholic doctrine based on the Beginning Apologetics Super Set by Father Frank Chacon & Jim Burnham. Sessions will help you explain and defend Church teaching on the Eucharist, Mary, the saints, the papacy, tough moral questions, and End Times among other topics.

  • Wednesdays, June 2-September 8, 7-8pm
  • St. Clare Room
  • Materials are recommended but not required. A limited supply of the complete series is available through the Faith Formation office with a suggested donation of $55. Individual books may be purchased in advance through Divine Treasures or a variety of online stores.
  • Please contact the Faith Formation Office to register or for additional information, 515-440-1030.

Introduction to Theology of the Body

An Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life is a nine week small group study designed to give an understanding of God’s plan for humanity. This study uses a series of videos by well-known Catholic author and educator Christopher West and will be facilitated by Erin Maxon who attended the Theology of Body Immersion Course in Philadelphia.

  • When: Wednesdays, June 23 – August 18, 7:00-8:30pm. The first session will last until 9:00pm.
  • Location: Serra Room
  • Cost: Suggested donation $25 for materials. Can be paid at the first session via cash or check made out to SFA Faith Formation

Register here

Mark: The Gospel Through the Eyes of Peter

In this engaging eighteen-week study, join Fr. Patrick Winslow, JCL, and Michael Pakaluk, PhD, as they examine this compelling introduction to the Christ. See Jesus through the eyes of Peter. Experience him first as a “worker of mighty deeds” who expels demons and heals the sick, who teaches that the Kingdom of God has arrived in power. And learn with Peter why it was necessary for the Christ to suffer.

  • Wednesdays, September 8-February 2
  • 9:45-11:45a.m.
  • Serra Room
  • Suggested donation $45 for materials

Register here

Small Group & Individual Studies

Adult Faith Formation has a variety of study materials available to checkout for individual and small group use.

  • How – Come to the Faith Formation Office to check out available DVDs and leader’s materials.
  • Where – You arrange for a location that works for you or your group – home, coffee shop, library, etc.
  • Cost – No cost for use of DVDs or leader’s materials. However, you must order and purchase participant materials from the publisher.

Contact Heather Rohe in the Faith Formation Office at 515-440-1030 or stop in to check availability.

View or print the list of studies (PDF)


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