Adult Faith Formation

“Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.” -St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Anselm offers a variety of opportunities to explore our ancient Catholic Faith.  If you have questions, or would like more information, about our Faith Formation ministries and classes please contact our Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation at or at (415) 453-2342, ext. 20.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA):
RCIA is not a class nor is it an academic course on Catholicism. Instead, RCIA is an ancient Christian rite that engages the entire person: mind, soul and heart. First and foremost, RCIA is an encounter with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Second, it is the initiation of a person into the full life of His Church on earth.  Those attending are in various phases of their journey of faith; some have already decided to join the Catholic Church and others are inquiring.  For more information, click here.

Adult Faith Formation Class (AFF)

Our Adult Faith Formation Class (AFF) meets in Centennial Hall most Monday evening from 6:30-8:00PM. We have a new course which begins each Fall and Spring. All adults are welcome to attend.  click here.

Theology on Tap (ToT):

Each semester a new date and time. We meet once a month at a restaurant to talk about God over drinks and appetizers. Click here.

Scripture Studies:
In the spring and fall, study groups form to explore the Scriptures using the Little Rock Scripture guide.  For specific dates and information contact Loretta Rogers at

Spiritual Growth Committee:
Throughout the year programs are offered on a variety of topics.  The events are announced through the bulletin and email notification. For more information contact Maureen Dear at

Centennial Scholarship:
A special scholarship has been set up to cover 3/4 of the tuition for a parishioner of St. Anselm to take a class at one of the three Catholic schools of the Graduate Theological Union (Franciscan School, Dominican School, or Jesuit School) in Berkeley.  You, as a parishioner, would cover 1/4 of the cost.  For questions call Patricia Abracia, Director of Admissions at the Jesuit School, 510-549-5016;

To see a listing of Graduate Theological Union courses, visit the following websites:               (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology)            (Jesuit School of Theology)                    (Franciscan School of Theology)

C21 Online:
St. Anselm is a group member of Boston College’s C21 Online; a program of Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.  It offers online courses for adult spiritual enrichment and faith formation. With a focus on shared reflection in an online learning community, C21 Online models the kind of conversation and participation that lead to deeper understanding of and personal growth in faith. There are a number of free courses available as well as fee courses which are provided to parishioners at a reduced rate. to learn more about the program