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School of Theology and Ministry

Jane E. Regan

chair of the department of religious education and pastoral mininstry and associate professor of theology and religious education

Jane E. Regan

Contact Information | (617) 552-8448
Simboli Hall 328


B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Catholic University of America)

Areas of Interest

Adult faith formation, leadership theory, total community catechesis, adult development, leadership for change.


Dr. Regan’s research and teaching focus primarily on adult faith formation, bringing adult learning theory, adult spiritual development, and the theoretical and pastoral applications of total community catechesis into dynamic conversation. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Regan serves as a consultant on the local and national levels to the important project of effective adult faith formation.


Fall 2015
Adult Believers in a Postmodern Context (TMRE 7073)

Spring 2016
Contemporary Approaches to Religious Education (TMRE 7000)

Other Courses
Education of Christians
Catechetical Leadership
Doctoral Seminar in Religious Education

Recent Publications

Forming a Community of Faith: A Guide to Success in Adult Faith Formation Today (New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2014)

Gathering Together: First Celebrations of Reconciliation and Eucharist (Chicago: Loyola Press, 2004)
A complete program for parents whose children are preparing for first Eucharist and Reconciliation rooted in adult education theory and contemporary sacramental theology. Includes four sessions, two retreats, all handouts as well as liturgical suggestions. It is designed to be used with any program for children.

Toward an Adult Church: A Vision of Faith Formation (Chicago: Loyola Press, 2002) Examination of a foundational framework for placing adult formation at the center of total community catechesis. Theoretical frameworks in religious education, faith development, and adult education are woven in with attention to pastoral concerns and practical issues. 

The Aim of Catechesis: Educating for an Adult Church in Thomas Groome and Harold Horell (eds) Horizons and Hopes: The Future of Religious Education. (New York: Paulist Press, 2003).
Drawn from one of the presentations at the June 2000 symposium at Boston College: Envisioning the Future of Religious Education. Examines the key elements that contribute to a coherent proposal for effective adult faith formation.