Year of Faith

Year of Faith
With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a Year of Faith will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

The upcoming Year of Faith is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world" (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The "door of faith" is opened at one's baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.

The resources on this page will be updated regularly to assist parishes and individuals to observe this year.

Archdiocesan Resources and Events

Cardinal DiNardo's Letter Regarding Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith

Stories of Faith

Archdiocesan Catholics share what the gift of faith means to them, how they share and grow in faith or how faith shapes their daily living.

Karen BritanikLori Thompson
Peggy FadgenKathleen Khoury
Debbie ElizondoRyan Janise
Mary PhyllisEvelyn Boeker
Stephen SloperDanna Knight
Gina BibbJo Lynn Zann
Carol LoranceBernice Halan
Don NguyenJoanie Felts
Mary LaresFernando Valles
Angela RankinMichael and Susie Way
Carol BartaChris Moras
Angela RankinRobyn Grant
Stacey JataMichele Luehr
Patricia PuenteBen Klotz
Kitty ConzaDavid Saha
Dennis Breiter, Ph.D.Lynsey Williams
Anthony HernandezBeth Rady
Sr. Marian Grace Thies, C.V.IMarylue Malek
Bekah LessmanCori Kopecky
Liz MoralesAnn-Marie Ulczynski
Natalie SaragusaGeorge and Bea Cunningham
Michael NewhouseMichael Schade
Bob Leicht, Jr.Herb Drab-Stigant
Dixine CarusoRay Hertel
Andrew WojtkowskiMartha M. Minton
Teresa BurkholderKim Aramwattananont


Resources from the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Questions and Answers on the Year of Faith
Rediscovering the Faith
Family Resources for the Year of Faith
Resources on the New Evangelization
Catechism of the Catholic Church - online and searchable
USCCB Website on the Year of Faith

Resources from the Vatican

Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei announcing the Year of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI
Note from the Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith
Vatican Website on the Year of Faith