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What is the Year of Faith?

Last October, Pope Benedict XVI called for a Year of Faith—a time during which Catholics are asked to experience a conversion of sorts, to turn to Jesus again and develop a deeper relationship with him.

Using the tools and resources of the New Evangelization, Catholics are called to rediscover the Gospel, and to spread it to those around us.

The Year of Faith kicks off on October 11, 2012—the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council—and will last until November 24, 2013 (the feast of Christ the King). 


So what does this mean, practically speaking? We've assembled some informative links and videos that will help us prepare for the Year of Faith—from answering the basic questions to addressing some heavier theological implications—and to help us all become better stewards of the Faith. 



Year of Faith Pilgrimage Destinations

Rome is only one of many pilgrimage destinations available for the Year of Faith. Apart from those designated by your local bishops the service below offers a list of Marian Shrines and the Holy Land | Click this link to open full window,


Here's the "Everything You Wanted To Know About the Year of Faith, Including A Countdown Clock" guide from the Pontifical Council For Promoting the New Evangelization. (Also available in Italian, which is pretty cool.) -- Fr. Barron


The USCCB gives us some nuts and bolts
explanations of the origins and intent of the Year of Faith. relayed some notable
dates and events within the Year of Faith, as originally reported by Vatican Radio.

Looking for some
pastoral recommendations? The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith has assembled just that. 

Father Barron on CATHOLICISM study materials for faith formation use during the Year of Faith:

Year of Faith Phone App | Get it now!


Pastoral Letter on the Year of Faith: Bishop Bergie : Read




From the CCCB:

The Most Reverend Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, announced the program for the Year of Faith during a press conference at the Holy See Press Office, 21 June 2012. The Holy Father had earlier proclaimed the Year of Faith, which will be celebrated from 11 October 2012 to 24 November 2013. 

Link to the program 

Archbishop Fisichella also presented the logo for the Year. It shows the image of a ship, symbolizing the Church. The mast of the vessel is a cross with full-blown sails which form the monogram of Christ (IHS). In the background is a sun representing the Eucharist. A special website for the Year,, will be available in various languages and can be consulted by portable digital devices. The Year also has an official hymn, "Credo, Domine, adauge nobis fidem" (“I believe, Lord; increase our faith.”) A multilingual pastoral guide, "Living the Year of Faith", is to be published in early September.

Recent News:

Official Vatican Web Site: Year of Faith :

Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith:



From Jonathan Sullivan:


Beginning this October the Church will be celebrating a Year of Faith. The beginning of the Year of Faith coincides with both the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council as well as the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The Holy Father has expressed his wishes for the Year of Faith in these terms:


We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is “the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; … and also the source from which all its power flows.” At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.

To that end, every Friday from today until the Year of Faith begins, I will be posting ideas for how dioceses and parishes can engage the faithful in the Year of Faith. I hope that these ideas will inspire you and your community to participate more fully in this special year.

  1. Live stream the opening of the Year of Faith. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in its “Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith”, recommends that dioceses hold special events to open the Year of Faith. Using web cams and a service such as UStream, a parish or diocese could very easily broadcast these events live for those people who cannot attend in person. Most of these services can also record and archive so that people can watch at a later time as well.

  2. Invite testimonies. Over the course of the year (maybe once per month) invite select members of your parish to give their testimony — their story of conversion, re-version, or just why they stay in the Church. These could be presented after Mass or at a special gathering during the week. Be sure to invite parishioners who are well-spoken or who have a particularly compelling story. Bonus: Record these testimonies and post them on your parish’s web site.

  3. Have a potluck for Mary! This one can be done by families: invite friends and fellow parishioners over to your house for a communal praying of the Rosary and potluck! These events are a great way to meet new people through food and prayer. Be sure to have a few extra plastic rosaries on hand for those who forget theirs.

All Posts in This Series

  1. 50 Year of Faith Activities: #13-15
  2. 50 Year of Faith Activities: #11-12
  3. 50 Year of Faith Activities: #9-10
  4. 50 Year of Faith Activities: #6-8
  5. 50 Year of Faith Activities: #4-5

General Resources and Links

Vatican Resources:

Official Vatican Year of Faith Website: outlines the key religious and cultural events that will mark the year in Rome and will be attended by Pope Benedict XVI.
Official Hymn of the Year of Faith: Credo, Domine, Adauge Nobis Fidem (I Believe, Lord, Increase Our Faith).
Porta Fidei: apostolic letter of Pope Benedict XVI calling for the Year of Faith.
Official Logo of the Year of Faith: an image of a ship that symbolizes the Church with the monogram of Christ, IHS, on the ship’s mast. In the background is a sun representing the Eucharist.
Pastoral Recommendations for the Year of Faith: notes and pastoral recommendations for celebrating the Year of Faith from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: The teachings of the Catholic Church in an authoritative form.
Documents of Vatican II: The documents that were formally issued during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)
The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith: the document written in preparation for the Synod of Bishops, XIII Ordinary General Assembly on evangelization (October 2012).

USCCB Resources:

Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization: a 2012 document by the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis on welcoming returning Catholics, a helpful resource for rekindling the faith of Catholics.
Year of Faith Resources at the USCCB: videos and links to a variety of resources to help renew the baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of life with faith, hope and love.

General Resources:

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership: this website has a section devoted to resources on the Year of Faith.
What is the Year of Faith? Joe Paprocki of Loyola Press summarizes what the Year of Faith is all about for DRE's and catechists.
Maryvale Institute Year of Faith website: a website sponsored by an International Catholic Distance-Learning College for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education.
The Year of Faith with Mary: the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute of the University of Dayton provides extensive resources for the renewal of faith through study highlighting the presence and role of Our Lady in and for our faith
Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales Year of Faith page
Maryvale Year of Faith page

Publishing Resources:

Twenty-Third Publications has resources to help prepare your parish for the Year of Faith.
Lighthouse Catholic Media has media for the Year of Faith
My Catholic Faith Delivered has developed an online course appropriate for the Year of Faith called, Living Catholic.

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