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.


SMU – Winter Spring 2021 is currently under construction; please return soon to see what we are planning for you this semester! 

Click on the title of the class to register through Faith Direct. You do not need to be registered on Faith Direct to use it. Also, should you run into a problem using Faith Direct, which happens occasionally, please contact Faith Direct, directly so they can assist you completing your registration.

Classes this year due to COVID – 19 will be offered with limited registration for in-person classes to keep with social distancing. Thankfully, several of our facilitators have offered their time for virtual learning. Please take an opportunity to grow, connect and deepen your relationship with Christ by taking one of our extraordinary classes.

Special note regarding SMU Winter and Spring 2021:

Childcare will not be offered until further notice. Unfortunately, children will not be allowed to accompany their parents in the classrooms due to the need to social distance.
For now, there will be no food served during any classes and we ask you refrain from bringing food. Please feel free to bring your own coffee cup, water or beverage of your liking.

Look what we have for you to live your faith life and engage yourself in his mercy. God calls you in relationship, hear him and come learn his word.

“The Word of God is given to us as the Word of life, which transforms, renews, and does not judge in order to condemn, but heals and has forgiveness as its aim. A Word that is light for our steps!”
Pope Francis,; June 22, 2020


We are currently not taking drop-off or mailed registrations in the office, until further notice; please register using the online links provided for each class when registration is required.


Catholic, Christmas, COVID and Coping

Art Bennett, LMFT

Thursday, Dec. 17

7 to 8 pm

Virtual Event

 We have all felt the stress of these past months of virtual learning, lost experiences – hard enough as an adult trying to manage it all for ourselves, let alone for our children.  Parents are invited to a zoom session with speaker Art Bennett, CEO of Catholic Charities in Arlington and a well known licensed marriage and family therapist as we explore ways to truly allow the PEACE of this season help us.  Register here to receive the zoom invitation.

 Art Bennett is President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and the co-author, with his wife Laraine, of five books on the temperaments, emotions, and listening.  Art and Laraine have been married for 43 years; they have four adult children and five grandchildren and are parishioners at Blessed Sacrament in Alexandria, Virginia.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said that the heart of the Christian faith is realizing that God is love, and that when we abide in that love we abide in God and He abides in us (1 Jn 4:16).  Art will never be mistaken for a philosopher or theologian, so he focuses on the practical, recognizing that the way we live our lives is a manifestation of the life of Jesus within us.  He enjoys speaking about the integration of Christian faith and life into all areas of social, familial, interpersonal and psychological life, and how to live in loving daily encounters with family members and others.

Virtual Class Offerings

Ballantyne Campus Course Offerings

Ongoing Groups:

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

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 


We are currently not taking drop-off or mailed registrations in the office, until further notice.

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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