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.


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Summer Forum 2019

Dr. Edward Sri
Wednesday, July 31
7 to 9 pm
Two Talks in One Evening

7:00 PM Talk #1: Vibrant Faith in a Secular Age: Today’s Challenges for Parents, Families, and Parish Leaders
This presentation engages the challenges we, our children and our friends constantly face from the secular culture—challenges that, if not addressed, can choke the life of faith in the people we love.
Why do I need a Church? Can’t I be spiritual on my own?
Isn’t one religion just as good as another?
Isn’t each person free to make up his own morality?
Why does the Church talk so much about human life, sex and marriage? Shouldn’t we just be tolerant and get along with everyone?
This engaging and thought-provoking talk shows how parish ministry and faith formation in the home cannot be “business as usual.” We cannot simply teach the truth. We must pass on the faith in a way that anticipates the cultural influences that affect the life of faith and give people the tools to thrive as intentional Catholics in a relativistic world.

8:00 PM Talk #2: No Greater Love
St. John Paul II said Christ’s passion is the fullest revelation of God’s love. It’s also the fullest revelation of the love we’re called to live—in our marriages, within our families, in the workplace and in our parishes. How do we conform our daily lives to the Christ? Learn how to find your life story in the climax of Christ’s story.

There is a 15-minute break between talks.

Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, author and well-known Catholic speaker. Each year he speaks to clergy, parish leaders, catechists and laity from around the world. He has written several best-selling books, including, A Biblical Walk through the Mass, Mary, A Walk with the Blessed Mother, Who Am I to Judge? Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love, Into His Likeness: Be Transformed as a Disciple. His latest book, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk through Christ’s Passion has just been released this year! Edward Sri is also the host of the acclaimed film series Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained (Augustine Institute) and the presenter of several faith formation film series, including A Biblical Walk through the Mass (Ascension Press), Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother (Ascension Press); Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John (Ascension Press). Dr. Sri is the host of the weekly podcast “All Things Catholic.” He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He resides with his wife Elizabeth and their eight children in Littleton, Colorado.


Christ The Life of the Soul: The Theology of the Spiritual Life
Father Peter Ascik M.Div.
Thursdays, Aug. 8 to 29
7 to 8:30 pm
It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me, says St. Paul in the Letter to the Galatians. As Catholic Christians we have received a new life in Christ and the Church. But what does it mean for Christ to live in us? This course will explore the nature of our new life in Christ. We will seek to understand our redemption and adoption as God’s children, how grace and the sacraments affect our souls, the role of faith, hope, and charity, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Aug. 8 Christ the Foundation of the Spiritual Life
Aug. 15 Grace and the Sacraments
Aug. 22 Faith, Hope, Charity
Aug. 29 The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Feel free to come to the office in person to register for classes and pay with check or cash only. (credit card is online only.)

Mail in a registration. Download and print your registration page, click SMU REGISTRATION PAGE

St. Matthew Catholic Church

Attn: Adult FF Registration

P.O. Box 49349

Charlotte, NC 28277

Watch for FALL SMU Courses coming…. We are working on putting together the Fall Program!







Peace and Social Justice

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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 or Bruce Hassett at 


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


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

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