Adult Formation

adult formation edA variety of faith formation opportunities are available at Prince of Peace for adults to grow in knowledge of the Catholic faith and nurture their relationship with Jesus Christ.


Sunday Morning RCIA Program

Our new program is for baptized Christians who are interested in joining the Catholic Church, have been involved in other Christian denominations, and who are not able to attend our regular RCIA program. Candidates for this program would typically be non-Catholic Christians who are already attending Mass at Prince of Peace.  The second class begins in January, 2012.  The schedule will be released soon.

The program consists of six sessions on Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45 am. Following those sessions, participants will meet for prayer and reflection at the conclusion of the sessions.  Those who decide to join the Church may be confirmed and accepted into the Catholic Church at a special Mass at immediately following the prayer and reflection session. Childcare is available for all sessions.

9:45 am - 10:45 am - Adult faith study led by Mike Brown, director of adult education in St. Monica room.

Biblical Archaeology - 9/8 through 11/24

Sunday Adult formation classes resume with a fascinating look at evidence revealing over 20 centuries of civilizations in the Holy Land.  Leading archeology expert, Fr. Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M., takes us through the cultures of the Holy Land’s Roman, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim inhabitants that shaped our beliefs.

Join us for a look at such famous treasures as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Dome of the Rock.  Discover the legacy in stone still standing amid the dust of civilizations.  Fr. Hoppe’s videos and discussions led by Mike Brown and Sonya Phillips DiGiorgio will deepen your knowledge and appreciation for the riches of these eras.

Fr. Leslie Hoppe is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  He is the author of several books and articles on Old Testament interpretation and biblical archeology. Click here for the class schedule.

The Pivotal Players - 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12

Join us for a look at the latest pivotal players in Bishop Barron's video series.  The classes include newly-canonized Saint John Henry Newman, media evangelist Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, and influential novelist Flannery O’Connor. For additional information, contact Mike Brown.

9:45 am  - 10:45 am - "Scripture in Action" 

This scripture study group meets weekly on Sunday mornings between the mornings Masses to discuss the readings for that Sunday and how those readings are relative in our life “today.”  Commentaries from scripture scholars are used to help understand and apply the readings to our life’s experiences. Strengthen your understanding of the Old and New Testaments by sharing your thoughts and questions about the readings we hear during the Liturgy of the Word. Classes are every Sunday of the year, except holiday weekendsFacilitators: Elsbeth Germanson (MTS) and Tom Germanson (MA Theology), 205-565-3456.

6 pm - 7 pm - Women's Bible study

Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs - meets every other Sunday

Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today’s modern woman is surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living, and burdened by her own desires. So what’s a good girl to do? Learn from their lives.

This study start September 8 at 6 pm in the St. John the Baptist conference room (in the new building across from the religious education office) as we study the Bible and Bad Girls of the Bible (books provided) as well as grow in faith and fellowshipWe will meet every other Sunday night.  The group is not meeting during December.  Study will resume on January 12, 2020. Please contact Allison Roney with any questions. 

6:15 pm - 7:30 pm - Men's Bible study 

Introduction to the Devout Life - spiritual manual from St. Francis de Sales - 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8

This study group will meet for seven Sunday nights in the St. John room (in the new building.)  The book is available to download for free from or an audio version is available on YouTube.   Feel free to join the group at any point along the way.  For more information contact Rees Oliver or Deacon Rick.


9:30 am - 11 am - Women of Worship meet in the St. Jude room for a book study and prayer during the school year.

Advent by Amy Ekeh - 11/18, 12/3, 12/10

Welcome to the Feast, The Story of the Eucharist in Scripture by Clifford Yeary - 12/29, 1/5, 1/12

9:30 am - 10:30 amAdult faith study with Mike Brown, director of adult education, in the St. Monica room.

Popes and the Papacy: A History - 9/10 through 11/26
Why did Jesus choose Peter to lead his Church on Earth? Did Peter’s authority die with him, as many Christian scholars claim, or did it extend to his successors whom we regard as popes? Notre Dame Professor Thomas F. X. Noble explores these and other questions in a new program, starting Tuesday, September 10, at 9:30 a.m. in St. Monica room. Part I of the course is a 12-week study of the beginnings of the papacy and extends through the Renaissance period on November 26. Professor Noble brings the keen eye of a noted historian to consider the issues and some of the notable occupants of the Chair of Peter. His insights will broaden our perspectives about the role of Popes and the Papacy in the Catholic Church. Mike Brown will facilitate the discussions.  Click here to view the class schedule.

Popes and the Papacy:  A History Part 2 - 12/3 through 3/3

Part II of Popes and the Papacy continueswith Professor Noble’s insights into the complex and significant role of the papacy and of individual popes in influencing the development of the Catholic Church and, indeed, of Western Civilization itself.  His engaging conversational style brings historic events to life and helps our understanding and appreciation of the nature of our Church. Mike Brown will facilitate the discussions. Our instructor,Thomas F. X. Noble, Ph.D., is a noted Professor of History at Notre Dame University.  He is a well-known lecturer and author of the popular textbook, Western Civilization:  The Continuing Experiment.

6:30  pm - 7:30 pm - Young adult Bible study led by Phillip Azbik.

6:30 pm - 8 pm - Adult faith study with Deacon Rick

Do I Belong to Jesus? - 12/3

Have you ever wondered what it means to be a child of God or a member of the Body of Christ? Join Deacon Rick for this one-night presentation and discussion of Fr. Mike Schmitz' video presentation, “Belonging- Baptism in the Family of God”. The class will meet on Tuesday, December 3 from 6:30pm to 8pm in the new St. John’s room. Nothing to study, just come as you are. For more information, contact Deacon Rick or 205-422-8734.

Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message - 12/10

All are welcome to this video presentation and discussion about the 16th century apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 10 from 6:30pm to 8pm in the St. John room. Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, this film offers original insights into the details, story and impact of the apparition of one of the most recognizable religious icons in the American hemisphere. Produced by the Knights of Columbus, “Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message”, paints a comprehensive and inspiring picture of the history, facts and legacy of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Contact Deacon Rick if you have any questions at 205-422-8734.


9:30 am - 10:30 am - Adult Bible study with Father Joy in the St. Jude room.  No classes held on November 20 or 27.

The Gospel of Matthew - 9/18 through December

Wednesday Night RCIA Program             

Prince of Peace offers a flexible, no-pressure RCIA program that begins with an orientation session at 6:30 pm. on Wednesday, September 18, in St. Jude room.  Dinner is available, starting at 5:30pm, in Deasy Hall.  Childcare is available. 

RCIA participants are able to experience Catholic practice by attending liturgical services and participating in parish ministries while learning about the faith.  They also will have opportunities to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).

RCIA sessions include interesting and informative presentations about basic Catholic beliefs and practices as well as discussions among participants and facilitators.  Classes conclude by 8pm. 

The full schedule is available at

 For more information, contact Megan Everett.



9:30 am - Noon - MOMs ministry meets in the St. Jude room for book study, prayer, service and social activities during the school year.  Complimentary childcare is provided for ages 6 months to 2 years in the Adventure Ark church nursery.

11/15 - Journey to Deaconship - Deacon Rick DiGiorgio
11/22 -  Craft Day
11/29 - No Meeting

12/6 - Shopping Day
12/13 - Christmas Party