Adult Ministry

Tour of Milwaukee with Fr. Peter

A special tour with Good Shepherd Parish and St. James parishioners led by Fr. Peter Drenzek - Tuesday, November 29 | 8:15 AM—4:30 PM - Tour includes the Pabst Mansion (home to five archbishops), St. Francis de Sales Seminary, lunch at La Merenda, the Basilica of St. Josaphat and the Public Market (an incredible place for food and all sorts of sweets and beverages and other items.) Cost is $50 per person (includes admissions, lunch and transportation) Space is limited, so reserve your spot by Nov 21.


Advent Book Discussion

During the season of Advent 2022 and Lent 2023, the Good Shepherd Community will be having a Book reading and discussion. The book is, "Let Us Dream: A Path to a Better Future" by Pope Francis. We will read and discuss half of the book on Thursday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 15 via Zoom and conclude our reading and discussion again during Lent 2023. Our guide through this book will be Andy Kukec. As we begin this Advent Season of 2022, we might stop to take stock of where we are. We reflect on the words of Pope Francis and discern how to act for meaningful change. He challenges us to see differently, to see ourselves differently, to see community differently, to see the cosmos differently. To assess where we are, we might consider using Francis' ideas to help us.

Register for a Book & the Discussion Here

Adult Ministry

As adults we need ongoing growth and learning to adjust to the world changing around us and inside us. As baptized Christians we are challenged to be witness to Christ and to live out our commitment through discipleship. To match the new experiences or perspectives we encounter, we offer a variety of ways to grow in discipleship through adult formation opportunities.

“To grow in discipleship throughout life, all believers need and are called to build vibrant parish and diocesan communities of faith and service.”
-Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, USCCB.

Generations of Faith

Generations of Faith (GoF) is our core formation program and is intergenerational. This is because here at Good Shepherd we see Christian Formation as an ongoing, life-long process. A living faith is always growing and changing as we experience God and interact with one another. Sessions run once a month and follow both of our weekend Masses.

The goal of Generations of Faith is to help all parish members to engage the presence of Christ in the Eucharist and to embrace the mission to which we are called and for which we are sent forth each week.

Formation Opportunities

Large Group Presentations

In the Spotlight

On designated Sundays in Fall and Winter/Spring we have speakers give presentations on a variety of interesting topics to help us to grow in discipleship. Sunday mornings 10:45 am – 12:00 pm.

Brew City Catholic

Our Archdiocese offers gatherings across greater Milwaukee area for young adults in their 20’s and 30’s, where they explore their needs, questions and interests about life, truth and faith. VISIT WEBSITE


Courses in Scripture or Theology to run consecutive days/weeks – either on Sunday mornings or weekday evenings.


At least two times a year we offer mini-retreat opportunities for parishioners to take a pause, a deep breath and center themselves once again. Themes vary.

Small Discussion Groups


Spiritual Book Club

Wednesday mornings. Gatherings include prayer, sharing around different topics or book discussion and community building. September – May.

Bible Discussion Group

Currently meets Thursday mornings. Different study materials are used to explore scriptures and discuss the impact of scripture on daily life. All are welcome.

Men’s Spirituality

Together with St. James Parish, there are two different opportunities for men to gather for fellowship and discussion on spiritual and everyday needs.

  • Wednesday evenings – 4th Wednesday* of the month at Good Shepherd
    • *Except November and December, on the 3rd Wednesday
  • Friday mornings at St. James

Monday Morning Faith Sharing

11:00 am Monday mornings, group reflects on Sunday Gospel and faith in daily life

Small Faith and Community Building Groups

Support is provided to small community groups which form among parishioners to discuss Sunday readings and/or topics relevant to the demographic makeup of these groups.

Special Opportunities and Adult Faith Formation Support

Spiritual Companion Ministry

A one-on-one opportunity to explore how God is working in your life and calling you toward an even deeper relationship. Meet regularly with a trained spiritual guide.

Certificate in Lay Ministries

Two-year program on Saturdays – September through May. Includes spiritual, intellectual, human and pastoral formation at Cardinal Stritch University. Subsidy available for parishioners.

Retreat Support

Subsidy available to support parishioners going on weekend retreats. Suggestions for retreats and retreat centers available.

Get Involved!

Below you find various groups to engage in, whether they be discussion groups, serving teams, committees, classes or events. Join the following groups to stay abreast of updates, join in discussion with other members, and find important related files.

Discussion Groups


Marguerite Thompson

Director of Adult Formation and Social Justice

Upcoming Meetings and Events