A Catholic community comprising the churches of St. Martha's, Kennebunk, St. Mary's, Wells, and All Saints Mission, Ogunquit, Maine


Journey in Faith

Adult formation with separate sessions for children

Schedule of Sessions

  • October 28, 3-5pm St. Mary’s
    • Communion of Saints
      • Adult presenter—Mary Colombo
  • December 16, 3-5pm St. Mary’s
    • Advent & Jesus’ Family Tree
      • Adult presenter—Barbara Smith
  • January 20, 3-5pm St. Martha
    • Initiation Sacraments
      • Adult presenter—Dr. Lori Dalhoff
  • February 24, 3-5pm St. Mary’s
    • Virtues, Morality & Conscience
      • Adult presenter—Dr. Anthony Coleman
  • March 24, 3-5pm St. Martha
    • All About the Mass
      • Adult presenter—Fr. Bob Valliancourt
  • May 5, 10:30am—12:30pm St. Mary's
    • Prayer
      • Adult presenter—Paula Moses

Journey in Faith

Six whole community catechesis events, brought to you by the Pastoral Council and Office of Lifelong Faith Formation

The Journey

While every family is unique, most extended families have some similarities. They’re made up of young, old, introverts, extroverts, conservative, eclectic, academic, experiential, adventurous, hesitant – almost every family has at least one of every “type”. The different talents and personalities make family gatherings both fun and challenging, but it is within this context that many of us learn our greatest life lessons. At some point in our family gatherings (usually after we have broken bread together), the children will run off to play, while the adults gather for their own conversation.

Our parish is our faith family. When we gather for Mass, we bring together our unique and multi-generational gifts to praise God and offer ourselves as His community.

The Journey in Faith sessions have a special emphasis on adult formation but will involve parishioners of every age. We’ll gather together for some refreshment, and then like our biological family gatherings, the kids will run off together while the adults turn to more mature topics.

We are called to form our faith as well as our community. Our mission as Catholics is to grow closer to Jesus, and to share His story with others. These Journey in Faith sessions will enable us to learn more while evangelizing one another as a faith family.

The Presenters

Mary Colombo has been a Holy Spirit parishioner since moving to Maine ten years ago. Mary retired from a career as a teacher, school and district administrator, and consultant, and has a doctorate in educational leadership. Mary is a member of the St. Andre’s Board, and is chair of the Pastoral Council for the Diocese of Portland. Mary lives in Kennebunk with her husband of forty-six years, and feels blessed that her son, daughter-in-law, and eight-year-old grandson are a regular part of her life.
Barbara Smith is a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe parish and lives in Scarborough. She worked for the Diocese of Portland as Director of the Offices of Catechetics and Initiation for twenty years, retiring in 2008. Barbara has continued her many years of experience as a workshop and retreat presenter and continues to serve the Diocese on the Seminary review board, Diaconate board, and was appointed to membership on the board of directors for Catholic Charities Maine. She served a four-year term on the National Advisory Council to the Bishops’ Conference as the New England representative.
Lori Dalhoff EdD, is the director of the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation for the Diocese of Portland. Lori has more than 20 years of experience in catechetical ministry at the parish, diocesan, and national levels. She holds a doctorate in education and a certificate in dispute resolution from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota; a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota; and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. Lori and her husband reside in Yarmouth.
Anthony Coleman is Visiting Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Program Director for Online Theology at St. Joseph's College of Maine. He was formerly Associate Professor of Theology at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, OK, and the author of "Lactantius the Theologian" (Gorgias Press, 2017). Dr. Coleman has a B.A. in theology from St. Anselm College, an M.A. in theology, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College. Dr. Coleman's research area is in Patristic and Medieval theology, but his areas of interest could be broadly defined as the contributions of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to theology, philosophy, art, music, and literature. Since July, he and his wife reside in Yarmouth, with their three children.

The Presenters

Fr. Bob Valliancourt is the pastor of St. Brendan the Navigator Parish in mid-coast Maine. Fr. Bob has served our diocese in many capacities since his ordination in 1982, including as the director of vocations and of youth ministry. Fr. Bob holds degrees in psychology from the University of Maine in Orono, and theology from St. Paul University in Ottawa.
Paula Moses has a background in corporate leadership, and a love for the Church. After retiring from a career in executive management at AT & T, she began working for the diocese in parish administration. A graduate of UMASS Amherst, Paula has put her passion for social justice to work in many capacities, including parish ministry, as a hospice volunteer, as a literacy volunteer, advocating for victims of human trafficking, and serving those suffering from food insecurity. Paula is presently serving a four-year term on the National Advisory Council to the Bishops’ Conference as the New England representative, serves on our pastoral council, on the Diocesan Finance council, and on the Diocesan Lay Board on Vocations.

Childrens Sessions

The separate children’s sessions will follow the same theme as the adults, and will be divided into four groups:

  1. Kindergarten and younger
  2. First through third year (grade)
  3. Fourth through sixth grade
  4. Seventh through twelfth grade

In order to ensure adequate supplies and adult supervision, please contact Carolyn Houston or Rosanne Smith with the names, ages and grades of the children attending the session prior to the Wednesday before the session.