Adult Ministries

General inquires about our Adult Ministries should be directed to: Maria Thorsen

Young Adult Ministries


Every disciple of the Lord Jesus shares in the mission to proclaim God’s word. To do our part, adult Catholics must be mature in faith and well equipped to share the Gospel. We are men and women of faith which is grounded in a deep commitment to the person and message of of Jesus. We are on a life-long spiritual journey together.


January 20-Spirituality and Race: Understanding the Intersection of Spirituality

On this weekend, we commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring vision which filled a void in our nation – and answered our collective longing to become a country truly lived by its noblest principals.  Join our presenter, Deacon Charles Williams, in this important discussion at 12:15pm in the Parish Hall. Lunch will be served and nursery care provided.

March 17- Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Meet Brenda Davis from Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Through thousands of people  and teams in schools, in our community, and throughout the world. FCA  unites two passions, faith and athletics, to impact the world for over 60 years.  12:15pm in the Parish Hall. Lunch will be served and nursery care provided.

Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith by Bishop Robert Barron

January 30, February 6, 20, 28, March 7, 13, 20, 28, April 4 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | Parish Hall

The truth, beauty, and goodness of Catholicism are illustrated in a multimedia experience. Journey with Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 16 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of the global culture, learn what Catholics believe and why, and discover the full meaning of the faith. Deacons Chris Malone and Charles Williams will facilitate discussions.

All Parish Read

God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for our Time by Bishop Desmond Tutu

Nobel Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu has long been admired throughout the world for the heroism and grace he exhibited while encouraging countless South Africans in the struggle for human rights. This book is Desmond Tutu’s most soul-searching book. He shares the spiritual message that guided him through troubled times. Archbishop Tutu reaches out to readers of all religious backgrounds, showing how individual and global suffering can be transformed into joy and redemption.

Please join the parish in reading our annual All Parish Read.

Books are $10, which you can purchase at the Vestibule Gift Shop or the Parish Office

Discussion Schedule:

January 28, 2019, 6:00-7:00pm

Chapter 1- God Believes In Us

Chapter 2- God’s Dream

Chapter 3- God Loves You As You Are

March 11, 2019, 6:00-7:00 pm

Chapter 4- God Loves Your Enemies

Chapter 5- God Only Has Us

Chapter 6- Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart

Chapter 7- Stillness: Hearing God’s Voice

Chapter 8- In the Fullness of Time


Women’s Book Group

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor

February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 | 12:45-1:45pm | Parish Hall | Lunch Provided

“Darkness is shorthand for anything that scares me – either because I am sure that I do not have the resources to survive it or because I do not want to find out.  If I had my way, I would eliminate everything from chronic back pain to fear of the devil from my life and the lives of those I love….at least I think I would”

Follow Barbara Brown Taylor on her journey to understand darkness, teaching us how to find God even in the darkness and giving us a way to let the darkness teach us what we need to know.   

Barbara Brown Taylor is the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller, An Altar in the World and Leaving Church.  Taylor is a Butman Professor of Religion at Piedmont College, where she has taught since 1998.  



Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 2018 – May 2019
This process is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts.  R.C.I.A. is a process for those who have never been baptized, those who have been baptized in another faith tradition, and those who were baptized Catholic and wish full initiation.
We invite you to inquire about the R.C.I.A. process:
August 21 – RCIA Inquiry Session – 6:00 pm – Dining Room at 800 Cathedral Place
September 11 –  RCIA Sponsor Retreat 7:00 pm – New Parish Office 1st Floor at 823 Cathedral Place
September 12 – RCIA Inquiry Retreat 7:00 pm – New Parish Office 1st Floor at 823 Cathedral Place
September 18 – RCIA begins – 6:00 pm – Parish Hall
RCIA Sessions will be every Tuesday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Please contact: Maria Thorsen

RCIA Sponsors Needed
A sponsor accompanies a member of RCIA on their spiritual journey and offers support and becomes a trusted friend in sharing your faith. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Maria Thorsen.

RCIA Meal Ministry
If you would like to provide a dinner for the RCIA group that meets every Tuesday night from 6-8:00 pm, please contact Maria Thorsen

Weekday Morning Prayer

Every Wednesday at 7:30 am in the Sanctuary

Facilitated by: Deacon Chris Malone and Deacon Charles Williams

The Catholic Church has the custom of celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours each day.  In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing.   The Liturgy of the Hours is a prayer of the whole people of God.

Please join us in prayer. “When the faithful gather together in prayer, we are the temple of the living God”


Topic:  Join us in a discussion on mysticism in the Hebrew Bible, the basis for all Christian mysticism.
Third Sundays from 10:00am-11:00am in Monsignor Golden’s Office, Third Floor of new parish offices (check calendar). 

The spiritual life is a journey of change.  We yearn for a greater spiritual oneness with God.  All are invited to join this Adult Faith Formation study and discussion.  Topics will be chosen that deepen our relationship with God and build our faith community.

For more information please contact: Mike Jackman

Young Adult Ministries

YAM At-A-Glance

Cathedral’s Young Adult Ministry (YAM) invites young adults (18-35+) from across the Diocese to participate in this thriving fellowship group. YAM offers varied informal gatherings to meet the spiritual and social needs of young adults. Visit us online at Young Adult Ministry at the Diocesan Office of Evangelization

Theology on Tap

What: Learn more about your faith through engaging speakers and relevant spiritual topics – all while eating, drinking beer and hanging out with friends

For  Dates and  More Information: Richmond Theology on Tap on Facebook

Blessed Is She

Blessed Is She Advent Program
If you are interested in meeting weekly with other women throughout Advent to have fruitful and intentional advent this year, be sure to sign up now to reserve your spot. You can find out more information by emailing  or calling (804)-366-4153.
We are women who deeply want to grow in our relationship with the Blessed Trinity and dive into community (what we call sisterhood). In the Summer of 2014, twenty women came together with a common mission: to help women be in community with one another while growing deeper in their prayer lives. After waiting on the Lord’s timing, and being inspired by Luke 1:45, “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord,” Blessed is She was born. Now at forty writers from all walks of life, Blessed is She offers daily devotions that are sent in your email inbox every day as well as Regional Retreats, Liturgical Devotional Journals, online workshops, Regional Facebook Groups, and so much more.


Beloved sisters, expect to be lifted up in prayer as you are surrounded by sisters who are also going through the beautiful struggles of life that God has called for us to walk through. Expect to receive the Truth- the infallible Truth given to us by our Lord. Expect to walk with Christ and your sisters, as we all learn how to live out our faith authentically in our everyday lives- in the most mundane of ways.  Expect to be loved and to love others by meeting them where they are. Expect to encounter Christ here and to be immersed in his love for you. There will be opportunities for bible study, prayer groups, and other fellowship events throughout the year!

Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU

Vision Statement

As the Catholic Campus Ministry serving Virginia Commonwealth University…we strive to be a joyful community empowered by the Spirit, we strive to be witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus, we strive for unity in our diversity, our creativity, and our communion with the Catholic faithful and all people of good will, especially those of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, we strive to ever-deepen our friendship with Christ, we strive to realize the Kingdom of God on our campus and in our world and with boldness, and in hope, we do all of this through our acts of love, service, justice, compassion, listening, healing, teaching, learning and worship.


The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is nestled in the center of campus surrounded by Shafer Dining Hall, Hibbs Hall, and Cabell Library. Our address is 800 S Cathedral Place, Richmond, VA 23220; however CCM can be found in the “House”. The CCM House is on the corner of the Cathedral behind the Big Brown Doors that face Shafer Dining Hall. Everyone is welcome when the doors are open! CCMVCU website

Mary Rebecca Pugsley, Co-Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU, 804-212-3891
Rich Girardin, Co-Director of Catholic Campus Ministry at VCU, 804-212-3896


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