Adult Faith Formation


RCIA is a process of study, exploration, faith-sharing, and faith formation with specific liturgical rites for seekers and inquirers. Seekers and inquirers are non-baptized adults who desire to be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church and/or baptized adult Christians who desire full communion in the Roman Catholic Church. Learn more about RCIA!

Cathedral as Catechism

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Retreat Opportunities

Adult retreats offer opportunities for our parishioners to seek spiritual development, leading to a deeper relationship with our Creator. Retreats are offered on weekends at various times and in different formats throughout the  year. Our Rector encourages each parishioner to make the time to attend a retreat. To facilitate this, we have a variety of retreat offerings, from day-long retreats, at least one retreat especially for women, and mini-retreats that last only a few hours.  

Small Faith Communities

Small faith communities are groups of 10-15 people who meet weekly to pray together, discuss faith-related issues, and form a small group for support and encouragement on the journey of faith. Some small faith communities have been formed following attendance at a retreat, while others are formed through specific, short-term study groups, or through shared ministry. Visit our Ministries page for more information on small faith community opportunities.  

Adult Formation Online Resources

Want to begin your own study or preparation to deepen your understanding of the Catholic faith? Here are some good resources for you to begin:


BELONG is a weekly informative news service highlighting matters of faith formation, from the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Boise’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. It is a free information and educational service. The “Belong” banner colors are derived from the interior accent colors of the Cathedral pews, and the Cathedral altar represents our focal meeting point. Subscribe by emailing or

"Step up" and commit to growing your faith taking advantage of the program that provides many resources for faith formation. We're going to reboot this option this year and hopefully get more people engaged by adding an in-person gathering to the online material. This program is free to parishoners, using the following password: 82F2DN when you create your account at In addition, if you wanted to be a part of a faith conversation, listen to the "Heroes of the Catholic Reformation" (it's the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year) program there by Dr. Tim Gray, and we'll be discussing this together Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the "Youth Room" upstairs in the Riffle Center. Consider making this your New Year's resolution, and come join us as we assess the ongoing impact of this momentous event in Christian history. For more info email

Books and Resources

We encourage everyone to read good Catholic books to enhance their understanding of the faith. Occasionally we will have a free book give-away, and we have a Catholic Book Club that meets regularly. You can obtain free Catholic books, including recommended reading of Rediscover Catholicism, and Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, by visiting the Dynamic Catholic website here. In addition, we also have a lending library of books located in the hallway between the parish hall and the chapel in the lower level of the Cathedral.  

We have compiled a great list of Catholic books to read to increase both your knowledge of the faith and help develop your Catholic spirituality and life.  Click here to review this list!  

You can also order lots of great DVDs or videos on the Catholic faith through websites like the one begun by Fr. Robert Barron called  Word on Fire which features the Catholicism series.  Our parish subscribes to the Lighthouse Catholic Media CD series, and available titles can be found in the southeast corner of the Cathedral vestibule (right before you enter the stairwell). Take one for a suggested $3 donation (see donation box on the CD display). 

Online Learning

There are many resources for taking classes online in various aspects of Catholic theology, scripture, and related subjects. These range from informal to formal. Here are a few:

Now You Know Media offers Catholic courses on CD. 

Institute of Catholic Culture offers hundreds of free Catholic lectures downloadable to your computer or iPod. 

There are lots of great courses offered at the University of Dayton, University of Notre Dame, and Boston College

Online Scripture Study

St. John's has an online Bible study service, offered through a Facebook page, that offers weekly reflections and study guides for the upcoming Gospel for Sunday.

Online Prayer Resources

Daily reflections are available on the home page of this website, at the bottom, by clicking on the button labeled "Daily Meditation." You also may enjoy:

Sacred Space     Pray as You Go Take Five for Faith.


Online News

With "The World Seen From Rome," Zenit brings news stories from the Vatican in Rome, and includes the Twitter feed from the Pope.

Catholic Radio

The Treasure Valley and Magic Valley have Catholic Radio! Listen during the day, while you drive, doing chores, etc.

Salt & Light Radio

Relevant Radio


John Ysursa, Adult Faith Formation Facilitator
(208) 342-3511





Upcoming Adult Faith Formation Events

Mini-retreats are a great way to get away for a few hours, reflect on our faith, and go deeper!  Only 3-4 hours long, they are accessible even to the busiest person! Check back for more details. 

Bible Study
Watch our bulletin or stay tuned to this website for details.  


Upcoming presentations: Check back for more details. 

Do you have a suggestion for a great presentation that you would like to see at the Cathedral? Let us know!

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