“Jesus keeps knocking on our door in the faces of our brothers and sister, in the faces of our neighbours, in the faces of those at our side.” – Pope Francis
Participants in the Justice and Outreach Year of Formation — known as the JOY program — describe the impact the experience has on their lives: bringing faith to life!
JOY at a Glance
JOY (Justice & Outreach Year) of Formation is an experiential learning program that links Catholic Social Teaching with the real-life challenges experienced by people living on the margins.
During 10 weekend sessions(September – June), participants will explore various issues of social justice including:
- International development, Economic Injustice & Peace
- Walking with Indigenous/ Métis people
- Human Dignity
- Health & Elder Care
- Hunger & Food
- Restorative Justice
- Youth & Family
- Care of the Earth & Ecological Justice
By visiting local service agencies, meeting with those who work in these social justice fields and being with the people they serve, participants will gain an opportunity to broaden their understanding of the issues at hand and become equipped with the skills to engage in service outreach. Participants will be invited to enter into a process of personal transformation.
JOY in Spiritual Formation
During the 10 JOY weekends participants will be invited to bring their experiences of service and solidarity to prayer and theological reflection, benefitting from the support of their J.O.Y. community and a Spiritual accompanier.
JOY in the Field
In addition to the 10 weekend sessions, participants will have an opportunity to become familiar with and grow in one particular area of service through a volunteer Field Placement Experience. After a process of mutual discernment, participants will be partnered with an agency in their home community throughout the Diocese of Saskatoon for the duration of the program.
JOY in Your Life
This experiential opportunity will be offered to all lay people living in urban and rural communities. Through participation in the JOY of formation program, participants will become evangelizers of God’s deep love for those we encounter.