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HomeFaithMagazine Spring18.31

Spring 2018 edition of Home Faith magazine. An outreach publication of the St. Joseph Educational Center in West Des Moines, IA.

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The St. Joseph Educational Center Home Faith Magazine - www.SJECIowa.org 2 Mission We serve as an extension of and compliment to regional parish adult faith formation efforts. We listen, advise, and support regional parish staff to meet the unique needs of their parish in light of the diocesan lifelong faith formation vision. We offer parish and regional catechetical events and visionary services. Our Values Faith We are guided by the Holy Spirit and teachings of the Catholic Church. Lifelong Discipleship We never stop growing in our faith and sharing it with others. Dr. Matt Halbach, Director mhalbach@dowlingcatholic.org Dr. Halbach completed his Ph.D. in Religious Education and Catechetics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 2014. Dr. Halbach and his wife, Stacy, have three sons and one daughter, Michael, Benjamin, Joseph, and Grace. He is originally from Ankeny and grew up in Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish. Professionalism We hold ourselves to a high standard of excellence and lead by example. Passion We are energized by forming disciples and raising up lay leadership. Relationships We believe in developing positive and meaningful relationships with everyone we serve. Wisdom We believe that both theological knowledge and a pastoral approach are essential to sound faith formation. Lisa Risvold, Coordinator of Communications, Operations, & Events lrisvold@dowlingcatholic.org Lisa received her B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish from Loras College in 2007. She taught for nine years before coming to SJEC. Lisa and her husband, Travis, live in Madrid. Lisa grew up in St. Joseph Parish and now attends Assumption Parish in Granger.

Spring 2018 3 4 LENT: A SEASON OF REBIRTH The Lenten season reminds us of death and rebirth. During this time of renewing our life in Christ, candidates, catechumens, and their sponsors share their journeys of faith in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). 8 & 10 IN THEIR WORDS Candidates, catechumens, sponsors, and RCIA facilitators share observations from their personal faith journeys. 9 GUIDING THE JOURNEY RCIA Director Casey Connor and her husband, Paul Connor, guide participants and sponsors in the RCIA program at Sacred Heart Parish. Like their students, their own journey began with inquiry. Resources from SJEC 12 ONLINE RESOURCES SJEC has one monthly blog and three weekly blogs. Each gives readers an opportunity to reflect on their faith. Read them at www.SJECIowa.org. 12 UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS 14 & 15 SPANISH LANGUAGE RESOURCES The Rite of Baptism. 13 SPIRITUAL SEASONS - ADULT FAITH FORMATION FOR EVERY AGE GROUP HOW TO REACH US THE ST. JOSEPH EDUCATIONAL CENTER (515)222-1092 www.SJECIowa.org © 2018 by The St. Joseph Educational Center. Production assistance provided by Two Mile Ranch, LLC F.R. “Fritz” Nordengren Ashley Thoreson, Editor Publishers in arts, faith, and photography www.twomileranch.com

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