Formation for Adults

Weekly Webinar

Each Wednesday, from 7 to 8 pm, we will look at the following Sunday's Gospel and study it together, finding in it more about God, about ourselves and about the Church.


These webinar sessions are open to everyone in Portsmouth Diocese. They will also equip catechists (RCIA, Children's Liturgy of the Word...) to transmit the Faith from Sacred Scripture.

The Gospel Podcast

Formation for Readers

To mark the Year of the Word the Diocese of Portsmouth is launching Readers’ training workshops which are available for parishes to book.

The training offered consists in two workshops of three hours each, each run on a separate day, for all church readers and aspiring readers. On completion of the two workshops, the participants are awarded a diocesan recognition.


The workshops offer Liturgical and Biblical formation, as well as practical training, to ensure that the Word of God is read with clarity and conviction. The training ends with a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Structure of Readers' Workshops

Workshop 1

1 hour: Introduction to the Liturgy – understanding the Liturgy of the Word

2 hours: Practical aspects of Reading with small group work – proclaiming the Word with clarity and conviction


Workshop 2

80 minutes : Understanding the Bible

50 minutes : Preparing the Sunday Readings with small group work

50 minutes : Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (30 minutes) followed by commissioning, with award of Diocesan Recognition

The next diocesan workshops will be happening in the following parishes:

St Michael and all Angels

Parish Hall,  437 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park,  Havant, PO9 5BD 

Workshop 1: 16th November, 1pm – 4pm (arrival and registration from 12.30)

Workshop 2: 23rd November, 12.00 noon – 4pm (shared lunch at 12.00)

St Peter and the Winchester Martyrs church

Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RY (in the parish hall) - Workshop 1: 11th January, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)

Workshop 2: 25th January, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)


St Joseph Parish

 67 Purewell, Christchurch,  Dorset, BH23 1EH – Directions

Workshop 1 and 2: 1st February, 10am – 4.30 pm


St Dominic’s Priory

Shirley Holms Road, Lymington, SO418NH - Directions

Workshop 1: 7th March, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)

Workshop 2: 14th March, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)

3 Mission Modules of guidelines on being a missionary disciple, based on Evangelii Gaudium

   Module 1: The Mission of the People of God

   Module 2: The Parish: Theological Foundations

   Module 3: The Parish: Missionary Mandate


3 Ministry Modules for the practical care of the youth, the elderly, the sick, the vulnerable and families in the parish.

   Module 4: Ministering to Families

   Module 5: The Ministry of Compassion

   Module 6: Ministering to Young People

Assessment of each module is through an essay – 1200-1500 words and a practical reflection. Successful completion of the course will result in a Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry – a Level 3 award. Cost: £675

Help with funding is available from the Diocesan Living our Faith Fund.


The course begins in Autumn each year. To find out more details and to register.


The study days for this course will take place at St Edward the Confessor, Chandler’s Ford on the following dates: Saturday 27th October 2018, Saturday 9th February 2019 and Saturday 4th May 2019.

Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry

A one-year, part-time, distance-learning course offered in partnership with Maryvale Institute and the Diocesan Diaconate Department.


This course is open to everyone involved or interested in any parish ministry. It is a course for:


- All the baptised with a desire to deepen their own faith formation
- Those already involved in parish ministries
- Members of parish groups
- Parents, who have a key role in the catechesis and ministry of their children
- Parishioners who hesitate to volunteer their services without formation

The Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry (CPMM) course consists of six modules, to study at home and three study days held in the diocese. 

Office Number: 02392 825430

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