With the start of a new year and a new lockdown, now may be a good time to consider learning about how to strengthen both ourselves and others spiritually, and the courses available on Franciscan at Home are a good place to look.
This is the online platform of the Catechetical Institute of the Franciscan University. Plymouth is one of over 150 Dioceses in America and elsewhere, and the Parish of Our Lady of the Portal has signed up to Franciscan at Home, so the courses are free to parishioners.
With a wide range of programmes covering among others – Catechists, Schools, RCIA, youth, parenting and pastoral accompaniment, it has something for almost everyone. Courses are very modular, delivered online so you can do them at your own pace.
The programme does recommend having a mentor, and you can opt for the Diocese or Parish Priest to find you one if you like.
Deborah van Kroonenburg our diocesan co-ordinator also advises that many students find meeting regularly in small groups is very helpful, as it provides interaction, support and structure. These can be formed across the diocese, within the parish, or by students themselves.