The Faith Formation Commission

The St. Leo community seeks ways to deepen our Christian faith through a variety of formation ministries. We embrace our Roman Catholic identity in this Jesuit parish following in the footsteps of St. Ignatius. We understand faith formation is a life-long journey which nourishes our Spirit in community. As a Eucharistic, Servant, and Pastoral community, we invite, reach out, and look inward as we deepen our faith experiences. Through faith formation experiences we seek to become disciples and authentic witnesses to the message of Jesus Christ within ourselves, in our families, and in our varied communities.

What are the deepest values that inform our ministries? The Faith Formation Commission listens for those values that most fully guide formation experiences. Core values that have emerged include:

  • the experience of trust and relationship in community
  • encountering mystery and sacredness
  • engaging our story-telling, retelling and interpreting the word of God
  • celebrating our Catholic tradition in sacrament, liturgy, and prayer
  • living faith with a preferential option for the poor
  • the practice of discernment-listening deeply for the will of God

Our hope is that as you experience the faith formation ministries either as minister or seeker, adult or child, you will feel engaged, inspired, and sense yourself as part of the whole in this community. Please contact staff liaison Dotti Krist-Sterbick at 253.272.5136 ext. 110 or with any questions or to learn how to become a part of the commission!


We will once again reflect as a community on the language we choose and how it can foster peace within ourselves and among those with whom we are in relationship. In addition, we will also have opportunities to explore the teachings of Pope Francis on Mercy. By proclaiming a Jubilee year and opening the doors of the Vatican, he will be leading the whole church beginning in December on a deeper reflection on God’s mercy and our call to receive and be mercy. As a parish, we will join this deeper reflection. Information will be posted in the bulletin as events become available. For questions please contact Dotti Krist-Sterbick at 253-272-5136 ext. 110 or

Non-Violent Communication

The Non-Violent Communication Support Team has formed and is looking at more ways to bring NVC into our parish life. Barbara Henderson, Kathy Hitchcock, Louise Weldon, Shannon Gilbert, John Clemens and Kitty Custer would be glad to speak to anyone interested in Non-violent communication. Sura Hart, a certified trainer of Non-Violent Communication (Marshall Rosenberg) will lead us in retreats again (please check bulletins for upcoming dates) this year. Also, this fall parishioners are invited to sign up to learn and practice Non-Violent Communication with fellow parishioners in our Peace Pods. Please feel free to contact Kitty Custer for more information at

Parenting from Your Heart

What is the love language that promotes peace at home? Parents of young children can explore this together with Shannon Gilbert this year. Shannon is a Montessori teacher, CGS Catechist and an NVC facilitator. Parents will reflect on the book “Parenting from Your Heart: Sharing the Gifts of Compassion, Connection, and Choice” by Inbal Kashtan. The group will begin meeting in October from 9:15 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Please contact Shannon to sign up at

Faith Formation Ministries

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