After receiving the sacrament of Baptism, and for the grace of baptism to unfold, the parents and God parents of the newly baptised are invited to nurture the faith of the child and to help him or her on the road to Christian life. What are they committing to when asking for their child to be baptised? What is expected of them in this honourable role of safeguarding the grace that is given at Baptism? This talk will offer some valuable suggestions on how to provide effective and ongoing faith formation to newly baptised children who are called to participate in the mission of the Church and become followers of Christ. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation.
Carmel has been a consultant for the Catechist Service Team at the Catholic Education Office of WA for 22 years where I have been involved in many aspects of adult faith formation and religious education of children.
Her main area of expertise is family catechesis.
This work has taken her into parishes and dioceses across, where she has worked with parent groups, teachers, catechists, priests and bishops in devising strategies to assist communities support families in nurturing the faith of children within the context of family life.
Carmel has a background in primary teaching, holding a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters in Religious Education, both from Edith Cowan University. In 2007 she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame Australia in the area of family catechesis: an area which has always been very dear to her. The study explored the ways faith is nurtured within the context of the home and uncovered the challenges to nurturing faith faced by parents, especially mothers.