Here are just a few ways the Annual Diocesan Appeal has helped in the last year.
Each year, the Department for Evangelization provides parishes with training, best practices and resources to engage with the hearts of adults, build them up in the faith, and send them into the world as disciples. The lifelong faith formation of parents best impacts the growth of faith of children. This year, the Faith Formation Conference provided training and development for over 3,000 attendees.
Institute for Leadership In Ministry
This is a three-year program which provides formation in Catholic theology, pastoral ministry and spirituality, and education and training in leadership. The goal is to prepare competent ministerial leaders to serve throughout the Diocese of San Jose. There are currently 150 students enrolled in the program.
The Office of Youth and Young Adults works with Parish leaders to recruit, train & support leaders to minister effectively to the young people in their Parish. We seek to evangelize our young people, training and mentoring them in the Catholic way of life. We help them to discern how Jesus is calling them to use their God-given talents for the good of all God’s people.
The Office of Restorative Justice ministers to the incarcerated men and women of Santa Clara County through worship services, Scripture studies, Rosary groups, pastoral counseling, RCIA process, and sacramental ministry. We also reach out to victim of violence as well as to family members of incarcerated persons through monthly support groups.
The Vocations Office helps all parishes to pray for, call and lead our young people to a loving response to God for their life. They accompany young men and women from our parishes and schools through annual retreats for young adults, summer camps for youth, Seminary visits for 5th graders and fun social events like the annual Revs Sems Basketball Game.
The ADA supports formation for men preparing to serve in parishes and other ministerial sites as permanent deacons. The program includes studies at Santa Clara University, annual retreat experiences, ongoing spiritual direction, and other skills development and community formation.