Adult Faith Formation/St. Matthew yoUniversity (SMU)

Mission: St. Matthew yoUniversity seeks to invite all adults to grow in their Catholic faith into full Christian maturity. Faith Formation is a life-long process. SMU strives to provide relevant, meaningful educational and spiritual programs for adults of all ages. By incorporating teaching, community and prayer in all that we do, we hope to nurture and support a deep, growing, personal relationship with Jesus and his Church in all those we serve.


Please look through the list and click on a class title to register online with a credit card.  Scroll below this listing to find class descriptions.


SMU FALL 2019 Courses, Talks, Workshops and Retreats.

We are currently and actively working on our WINTER / SPRING 2020 SEMESTER!! Check back often to see what has been added.  


Eight weeks
Bob Jordan
Mondays, 9:45 to 11:45 am
This class will be offered in the winter / spring semester!
Paul’s letter to the Romans has
been at the center of reflection, conversion, and controversy from
the very beginning. Romans: The Gospel of Salvation provides an authentically Catholic,
comprehensive, and simple way to understand the overarching theme of Romans—salvation.
Romans: The Gospel of Salvation explores the ways in which Jesus
is the fulfillment of Israel’s prophecies, which leads to the universal, “Catholic” family of God.
Theology professor Dr. Andrew Swafford and Jeff Cavins examine Paul’s letter to the Romans. Dr. Swafford and Cavins provide
historical context and highlight the connections to Jesus and Christianity Paul makes with the Old Testament.



St. Matthew Legion of Mary presents:
33 Days to Morning Glory*
Five weeks
Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm
Oct. 30 to Dec. 4
NLC 132/125
Father Michael Gaitley invites you to take hold of our holy Mother’s hand as she guides you on your spiritual journey. Blessings abound when we give ourselves to Mary in total trust as she brings us to the very heart of Jesus. Through this study, Father Gaitley shares the stories of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and St. John Paul II and their love for Mary, and explains how this relationship changed their lives and intensified their love for our Triune God.
Consecration day: tentatively scheduled; Monday, Dec. 9 Feast day of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (not a Holy day of obligation.)



Christ Renews His Parish is a unique, parish-based faith renewal experience for men and women. This parishioner led experience is designed to foster a sense of community within St. Matthew Catholic Church. Participants will grow in discipleship and come away with a renewed spirit and strengthened faith.
Registration click: HERE

Women’s CRHP: Chrissy Wilson at
 date: Oct. 11-12

Women’s CRHP is currently filled. Please pray for all the women who are making their CRHP this weekend.  (Please consider attending a future CRHP, early registration is key.)

Men’s CRHP is waiting for YOU to register click on: Men’s CRHP

Nov. 1-2  

Contact Bill O’Brien for any questions at


An Advent Retreat
Walk with the Holy Family to Bethlehem
Saturday, Nov. 9
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Waxhaw Campus
No Cost
Prepare for Advent by joining us for a guided Ignatian retreat to experience what may be new, imaginative ways of praying. Come walk with the Holy Family as they make their long, hard journey to Bethlehem and experience the hardships and ultimate joy in the birth of our Savior.
Certified spiritual directors Marilyn Borrelli, Cindy Correll and Antoinette Enohmbi will lead the retreat.

For questions, contact Cindy Correll at 704-821-7650 or

Seeking Purpose Retreat 2020
Saturday, Jan. 25
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
St. Matthew Catholic Church
New Life Center – Banquet Room
$40 includes:
Continental breakfast, all training materials, lunch, snacks and your personal Charism assessment plus a one 0n one mentoring session and a follow up Charism Discernment Workshop 2/22/20.
A Charism assessment needs to be completed prior to the retreat, it takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Are you wondering about God’s direction for your life? Are you ready to take the next step? Come “Seek your Purpose” through a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Seeking Purpose Retreat helps you discern the Spiritual gifts that God has given you to help HIM. Discern what Spiritual Gifts God has given you to contribute toward HIS success.

We believe that all Christians are empowered with the Holy Spirit at Baptism and Confirmation with extraordinary, supernatural gifts, that when cultivated, will awaken a desire for God’s will and purpose for their lives.



Living Your Strengths will return in the winter / spring 2020 semester; watch the bulletin and this website for classes to begin again.  

Strengths Exploration classes: God made each of us on purpose and for a purpose, and He gave each of us a unique set of talents to help us achieve that purpose. Who did God plan for you to be? Join us in this six-week small group class to learn YOUR own PERSONAL STRENGTHS from GOD!


Online registration with credit card is offered by clicking on the titles; but also in person registration in the office with check or cash only is accepted.  (credit card is online only.)

Mail in a registration. 

St. Matthew Catholic Church

Attn: Adult FF Registration

P.O. Box 49349

Charlotte, NC 28277

Peace and Social Justice

Click here to go to Peace and Social Justice page



Lectio Divina* 
Sister Mary Hugh Mauldin, RSM, MA
Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:45 am
NLC 234/235
No registration; simply come when you can. Lectio Divina is an ancient community prayer form using the upcoming Sunday Mass readings, providing Scriptural enrichment and community building. Please bring your bible.

Centering Prayer

In a busy world, a time for silence is a rare experience. However, authentic spirituality always embraces silent time with God. Centering Prayer is a practice that invites us to be present to God as God is present to us. It is a process that transforms us and brings inner peace into our lies.

Please contact Janie Normile at 


*Child care is available with 48-hour advance registration to the nursery. Call 704-543-7677 x 1003.

Click on the link below to get a map and directions to both St. Matthew Ballantyne and St. Matthew -Waxhaw location.


For more information contact Rachel Willoughby 704-543-7677 x 1020.

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