High School Faith Formation

Stay tuned to our Facebook, Instagram, and Text Reminders for announcements & events!

Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of all parish faith formation and events, please see the alternative activities available for teens at this time, including our Virtual Youth Group (Wednesdays at 7PM), Lectio with the Boys (Saturdays at 10AM), and Signs and Wonders: A Virtual Life Night Series on Miracles (Sundays at 6:30PM), and more!  Information on all of these items can be found on our High School events page or through our youth ministry Facebook or Instagram accounts.

Teens during this time should also be utilizing FORMED by finding videos or programs on FORMED that are of interest to them and telling Elizabeth briefly what they learned from the programs/movies they watched.

Registration for our 2020-21 faith formation year will begin in the upcoming months!  Stay tuned for more information.  Our faith formation year runs from September-May.  All public school teens must regularly attend either Life Teen or Dead Theologians Society if desiring to be confirmed in addition to taking the high school mini courses.  Roncalli teens are encouraged to attend as well.


Life Teen and Dead Theologians Society 

We are excited to be introducing more options for high school faith formation for 2019-2020!  High school teens, not attending Roncalli, will still be required to take the six high school mini courses before or during Confirmation.  (See more information on the high school mini courses below.)  Teens will also be required to participate in either Life Teen on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM, with food/social time from 6:30-7:00 PM or Dead Theologians Society on Sunday afternoons from 4:30-6:00, before the 6:30 PM Sunday Mass.  We realize that it's difficult to accommodate everyone's schedules, so we hope offering more options will make it easier for teens to participate in faith formation and spend time cultivating their relationship with Jesus.  Participation in Life Teen or Dead Theologians Society is required for Confirmation.  No teen will be allowed to register for Confirmation if not engaging in Life Teen or Dead Theologians Society or approved homeschooling.  Neither Life Teen or Dead Theologians Society are meant to be purely catechetical, but are meant to also help teens encounter Jesus, learn to pray, participate in faith-based discussion, and grow in community.  Come join us as we grow towards being intentional disciples!




High School RE Foundational Courses 

Prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, students (who are not attending Roncalli High School) will be required to take six foundational courses in Catholic beliefs and practices: Jesus Christ and the Paschal MysteryScriptureSacramentsChurchMorality, and Theology of the Body (replacing Catholic Social Teaching after 2018).  This is to ensure that all students receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation have a solid foundation in their faith and can articulate the truths of their faith.  Courses are generally six hours in length over three days.  To allow for flexibility and be mindful of busy schedules, students can take courses at a time that works for their schedule and courses do not need to be taken in any particular order.  The courses will take place throughout the year, with three occurring in fall, three occurring in spring, and all six occurring in the summer.  Ideally, students should be taking 2-3 courses/year from the summer before their freshmen year through Confirmation.  Teens (who are not attending Roncalli) will be required to participate regularly in either Life Teen or the other alternative high school faith formation option if intending to be confirmed.  No teen will be eligible for Confirmation if not taking the mini courses and participating in Life Teen or Dead Theologians Society  (unless teen is participating in approved homeschooling). Students can take courses while enrolled in Confirmation also, so long as they have completed the six courses before Confirmation.

Students can sign up for courses once they're posted by emailing Elizabeth at [email protected] or via text, call, or Facebook message.  Please sign up in advance so we can plan accordingly.  Records of who attended which courses will be kept for your convenience.  Students need to attend all sessions of a course in order to receive credit for completing the course.  To see which courses you/your teen needs to take yet, go to: SFA High School Religious Education Mini Course Spreadsheet .  The spreadsheet lists students who are in progress with the courses, so if you've finished the courses or haven't started the courses, your name won't be listed. 

Life Teen Contacts

Elizabeth Gruenke - Coordinator of Youth Ministry 

Phone: (920) 652-7821

e-mail:  [email protected]                                                                                                                                         


St. Francis of Assisi Parish Info 
601 N. 8th St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220

For a full listing of parish staff contacts, click here.