NCCL is dedicated to promoting the ministries of evangelization and catechesis in the U.S. Catholic Church by fostering a community of leaders who proclaim and teach the Word of Jesus Christ through the witness of accompaniment, education, and formation in the Catholic faith.
New - Insights & Practices Reports
This Fall NCCL will be publishing the Insights & Practices from Research and Theory Series - exploring the latest research and thinking on forming faith with families and age groups, and proposing practical strategies for forming faith that reflect the current research and thinking. Each report explores:
Now available in the "Insights and Practices" section of the NCCL Catholic website:
2023 Family & Intergenerational Faith Formation Survey Report
Download the Report in PDF and share it with your leaders and colleagues.
In the Spring of 2023, NCCL conducted a national survey to identify how Catholic parishes are implementing family faith formation and intergenerational (all ages together) faith formation. A total of 303 Catholic parishes completed the survey. Here are several key findings:
#1. Family Faith Formation Practices
The survey asked parishes to rate eight practices in family faith formation. The top three responses include 1) providing families with resources, 2) whole family experiences at church, and 3) teaching and supporting parents.
The second question asked about the type of family programming their parish offers. The top three responses were 1) family sacramental preparation programs, 2) family programs at church, and 3) at-home family activities.
#2. Intergenerational Faith Formation Practices
The survey asked parishes to rate nine practices in intergenerational faith formation. The top two responses (Sunday Mass) describe settings that are more multi-generational (multiple generations gathered together) than intergenerational. When we speak of intergenerational we mean an intentional approach or strategy to engage people with other generations: building relationships, learning together, sharing stories, praying with each other, serving together, and more. Sunday Mass has the potential for becoming much more intentionally intergenerational when the generations have the opportunity to interact in meaningful ways. The responses to the next top responses focused on building intergenerational relationships and doing activities together – practices that are more intentionally intergenerational.
The second question asked about the type of intergenerational programming their parish offers. The top responses were seasonal or occasional intergenerational programs, followed by intergenerational service projects, and monthly intergenerational learning.
#3. Challenges in Offering Family or Intergenerational Faith Formation
The final question asked about the challenges leaders faced in offering family or intergenerational faith formation. Nineteen responses surfaced repeatedly in the 486 individual responses to the question. Among the most mentioned challenges were the following:
This is the first report of the survey findings. The second phase of the research will include reports on the parishes that are offering family and/or intergenerational faith formation programming. These reports will be available through Fall 2023 on the NCCL Catholic website.
Join us for Journey to the Future of Catechesis - 2023 NCCL Convocations
NCCL's focus in 2023 - Journey toward the Future of Catechesis with All Ages and Generations - is designed to engage the catechetical community in envisioning new directions and initiatives for proclaiming and teaching the Catholic faith in our world today.
September 26-27: Baltimore - Bon Secours Center, Marriottsville, MD
October 3-4: Dallas - Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South
October 10-11: Connecticut - Holy Family Retreat Center, W. Hartford, CT
October 17-18: Chicago - Hilton Garden Inn O’Hare Airport
October 24-25: Tampa - Franciscan Center
November 29-30: San Diego - Hilton Garden Inn Mission Valley
Session 1. A Storytelling Experience: We Are All Catechists – The Calling and Vocation of the Catechist