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.

Summer Forum 2019

A Day of Retreat
Sister Mary Hugh Mauldin, RSM, M.A.
Saturday, June 8
10 am to 4 pm
Sisters of Mercy
101 Mercy Drive
Belmont, North Carolina
$20 (includes lunch)
Sister Mary Hugh is one of the most highly regarded and loved presenters of St. Matthew “yoU”niversity programs. When she talks, everyone listens. Enjoy the beauty and the quiet of the Sisters of Mercy grounds and residence during this one-day retreat. One of Sister Mary Hugh’s favorite lines from Scripture is In Him we live and have our being. Come away for the day to consider God in you-life, you in God-life. If you would like to ride with someone to the retreat, call Judy Stumbo at 704-543-7677 x 1004.


Special presentation
Finding God In Midlife: Opportunity or Impasse?
by Father Jim Bowler, SJ
June 18, 25
7 to 8:30 pm
By the time midlife comes, a person has usually established regular patterns and is ensconced in work and family. Suddenly you wake up one day and are out of gas. Personal ownership and achievement no longer satisfy your desire. The ability to appreciate your children, possessions and accomplishments has diminished. You are left wondering where did it go and what is it all about.
Could this be God inviting you to a reality of deeper meaning?

Rev. James Bowler, SJ, MA, M. Div.
Father Jim served as facilitator for Catholic and Jesuit identity at Fairfield University, as well as Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. This followed more than 20 years of ministry in the area of spiritual direction as director of Campion Renewal Center, Executive Director of the National Jesuit Retreat and Renewal Ministries, and as a staff member at the Guelph Center of spirituality in Ontario, where he was responsible for training and supervising spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition. He has spent many years integrating Ignatian Spirituality with the psychology of Carl Jung. For more information, visit


Islamic Beliefs and History: Views from a Catholic Outsider
June 24, July 1, 8, 15
7 to 8:30 pm
NLC 239/240/241
Dr. Denis J. Obermeyer
This course explores the religious, historical, and intellectual character of Islam in the time of the prophet Muhammad. Dr. Obermeyer begins with an examination of the core beliefs of Islam, then proceeds through the philosophical and historical context in which the faith developed, and concludes with a brief look at the issues facing contemporary Muslims.

Dr. Denis J. Obermeyer is the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Belmont Abbey College. He also lectures on theology and history for the college. Dr. Obermeyer holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the Catholic University of America, a S.T.B. degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, a M.A. in Religious Studies from the Institute for Religious Studies, Dunwoodie N.Y, and a M.A. in History from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton. Dr. Obermeyer has taught Christology at Catholic University, as well as Christology and Church History for the diaconate formation programs in the Archdioceses of New York and Washington D.C., and the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.


Brew Like a Benedictine
Mark Bartholet M.A.
Thursday, June 27
6:30 to 9 pm
DreamChaser’s Brewery
115 E. North Main Street
Waxhaw, NC 28173
$20 – By registration only, seating is limited. Please register early by clicking on the title.
Young adults 21 and over are encouraged to join us. Benedictines and beer is a partnership made in heaven. Over the course of the evening, we will learn the basics of beer making, brew an original abbey ale with Dreamchasers Brewery owner and St. Matthew parishioner, Neil Gimon, and explore the historic relationship between monks and beer. Gimon will share his expertise on abbey style beers and ingredients, and Mark Bartholet will provide insights into the history and spirituality of the Benedictines.
For more information, contact Judy Stumbo at 704-543-7677 x1004 or

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.

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 Michael Burck, 704-543-7677 x 1020.

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