The Adult Formation of St. Mary's Visitation Parish falls under the umbrella of the Visitation Institute, which has as its mission: to help our adult parishioners and attendees to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, and to equip them to take the Lord out into the world in the same way Mary did at the Visitation.
Visitation Institute Speaker Series
The Visitation Institute Speaker Series brings together top scholars and speakers from around the area and beyond to share their expertise based around a particular theme. The Spring 2018 Session begins on Thursday March 1st at 6:30pm in the parish atrium. This semester's theme is "Current Issues & Apologetics"
Spring 2018 Flyer
Visitation Institute Bible Encounter (VIBE)
Each January, the Visitation Institute offers and in-depth study of one or more of the books of the Holy Bible. This study is led by Fr. Peter and Josh Dieterich along with the occasional guest lecturer. It is a wonderful opportunity to dive deeper into God's Word while growing in fellowship with other parishioners.
2018 VIBE Flyer
Visitation Institute Book Study
Each year, the parish offers two book studies, one in the Fall and one in the Spring, to dive more deeply into the great works of Theology and Spirituality.
In the Fall we study a classic book of Catholic thought/spirituality, and in the Spring a contemporary one.
This Spring, starting April 12th, we will be reading God's Not Nice the newest release from world-renowned theologian (and SMV parishioner), Dr. Ulrich Lehner, PhD, PhD (Habil.).
We will also have a special reception and book signing in preparation for this event during our Visitation Institute on March 22nd!
Have you or someone you known felt that God might be calling them to become Catholic, or to come home to the Church if you've been away? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a beautiful gift from the Church for adults that are considering coming into the Faith or completing their Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion) if they are already Catholic. Please consider joining us in this journey.
Formal classes begin in September and run through the Feast of Pentecost (usually early June), but we're here year-round to answer any questions and help you begin the process!
NOTE: We encourage any adult Catholic who wants to systematically (re-)learn their Faith to join us as well!
What is RCIA?
The RCIA Process
2017-18 SMV RCIA Schedule
Contact: Josh Dieterich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-782-4575 x109.
Young Adult Ministry
St. Mary's Visitation Parish's Lolek Young Adult Ministry actively engages with the other parishes in our district to help promote the regional offerings of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. We are especially active in the Brewing the Faith events offered at Point Burger Bar in Waukesha. We also host small groups to help those 18-35 to go deeper into their Catholic Faith.
Divine Mercy Celebration & Formation
Each year on Divine Mercy Sunday we have a special Holy Hour with a national speaker, Confessions, Adoration, the singing of the Chaplet by Musica Oramus and an opportunity to venerate the Image of Divine Mercy along with relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II.
The parish is also the Archdiocese of Milwaukee host site for the Franciscan Association of Divine Mercy formation group.
More ways to get involved
Adult Formation Contact Information
For more information on any of these adult formation opportunities, please contact Josh Dieterich, Director of Catholic Formation at 262-782-4575 x109 or email@example.com