The office is based on the vision of Pope Francis in his encyclical Evangelium Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) and Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).
The philosophy of the Office of Faith & Family Formation is based on the vision of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his encyclical Evangelium Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) and the post-apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). It will operate with the following premises in mind:
• The various vocations of the Church (married life, priesthood/religious life, lay single life) are not cultivated in isolation but born from and nurtured within the family;
• The family, as the fundamental building block of the Church and society, is the primary source of faith formation, vocation discernment and an individual’s first understanding of God the Father;
• Faith is the result of cultivating a personal relationship with the person of Jesus Christ within the community of believers, the Church;
• Relationship with Jesus Christ opens the individual and community up to an indwelling of the Holy Spirit who motivates missionary disciples to go out and proclaim the Gospel in their given vocation.
With the aid of regional coordinators and collaborators, the Office of Faith and Family Formation will coordinate support for catechetical and sacramental formation for individuals and families, from womb to tomb, using a whole family catechesis model that relies on the gifts and strengths found in diverse communities and cultures of the Diocese of Fairbanks, recognizing that each parish, community and region has unique needs. It will empower parents and extended family members to be the first and primary teachers of their children in the faith so that they can build a strong and lasting relationship with Christ and His bride, the Church.