Event aims to help faith formation leaders engage parents

Leisa Anslinger

IOWA CITY — The Diocese of Davenport will present the workshop “Great Expectations: Coaching Parents to Form Their Own Children” Aug. 26 at St. Patrick Church.

Faith formation leaders in parishes and schools will learn how to engage parents in forming children’s faith. The process can be implemented in various ways, including with a textbook series or preparation for sacraments, including confirmation.

Presenter Leisa Anslinger will introduce workshop participants to the principles of coaching parents to form their own children. Participants will receive free links to online support and follow-up.

Anslinger holds master’s degrees from Purdue University and the Athenaeum of Ohio. She served as a parish leader of faith formation for many years and now serves as director of Growing Up Catholic. In this capacity, she continues her work of developing ways to re-engage Catholics with their faith and their parish.


Her most recent work with Growing Up Catholic: Sacramental Formation that Lasts a Lifetime is available from GrowingUpCatholic.com. It is a sacramental preparation process in which parents are coached to form their own children, in the context of a parish event.

The Iowa City workshop will begin with registration at 10 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Registration deadline is Aug 19. Cost is $20, which includes lunch.

To sign up, send your name, daytime phone number, email address, parish or school and parish or school town and any dietary restrictions to Diocese of Davenport, attn. Barbara Butterworth, 780 W Central Park Ave., Davenport, IA 52804. Include a check payable to Diocese of Davenport.

For more information, contact Barbara Butterworth at butterworthb@davenportdiocese.org or (563) 324-1911.

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