Discover How God is Working in Your Life
A Trusted Roadmap for Your Spiritual Growth
The Catholic Discipleship Profile is a personalized, data-driven tool designed to help you visualize how you currently live the Gospel in your daily life and identify opportunities to follow Jesus more closely. Your results get right to the heart of how you live as a Catholic in five key areas:
Reflect with Gratitude. Unlock New Growth.
Watch as Fr. Frank Desiano, President of Paulist Evangelization Ministries, shares the heart of the Catholic Discipleship Profile.
Learn about this powerful tool that uncovers how the Holy Spirit is working in your life right now, and unleashes a new chapter of discipleship with concrete opportunities for growth. These insights make us grateful for the work God has done and excited for what God will do next!
Take the Next Step in Your Discipleship Journey
- Spend just 15 minutes exploring your faith life
- Immediately receive a report that gives you a snapshot of your life as a disciple
- Get concrete next steps you can take on your spiritual journey
- Totally personal and private—no one sees your report unless you share it
Here’s What To Expect In Your Personal Report
Your profile is a singularly helpful tool for reflection, encouragement, and growth. It gives you clarity on where the Lord is working in your life and offers concrete steps on how to grow in holiness.
A Detailed Snapshot
Your downloadable report contains a visualization of how you put discipleship into action according to the five discipleship expressions (Encounter, Faith and Life, Accompanying, Serving, and Catholic Living).
Reflect with Gratitude on Your Results
Each section of your profile concludes with questions for reflection and action. Hone your awareness of the graces you are given so you can respond with a resounding “YES” when you are called to take action.
Resources for Continued Growth
The word “disciple” means “learner” and our learning how to follow Jesus never stops. Your report comes with personalized resources to help you grow in each of the five key areas of discipleship.
Track Your Progress
You can repeat the Catholic Discipleship Profile in each new season of life, receiving manageable advice and tools for accountability as you follow in Christ’s footsteps.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Catholic Discipleship Profile?
The Catholic Discipleship Profile is a pastoral tool to help Catholics visualize the way they follow Jesus in their daily lives. The CDP presents statements that show Catholic discipleship activities and asks participants to respond in terms of how often they do each of these. After completing the assessment participants receive a personalized, confidential report that depicts the frequency of these discipleship behaviors in five areas common within the Catholic tradition. In this way, each participant gets a “snapshot” of how she or he is living as a disciple—both the areas of strength and the opportunities for growth.
There are two main parts. The first is the set of 81 statements to which participants respond with the frequency of their discipleship behaviors (Always/Almost I Always, Often, Sometimes, Never/Almost Never). The second part is a unique, private report that not only displays the frequency of behaviors, but also provides ways to reflect more deeply on one’s unique discipleship profile.
What are the five areas of discipleship in the Catholic Discipleship Profile?
The five major areas are:
- Encountering God
- Integrating Faith and Life
- Accompanying and Being Accompanied
- Serving Others
- Living as a Catholic
These five areas are ways in which Catholics express their Catholic faith. As a result, these areas are simply named “expressions,” which allow a way to report discipleship behaviors.
What is the cost to take the Catholic Discipleship Profile?
For individuals: $7.95
For the group leader and group members: $6.95 per person
Is the Catholic Discipleship Profile a test?
This pastoral tool is not a test that one passes or fails. Rather, it is a survey that gives those taking it an opportunity to reflect on their discipleship. Paulist Evangelization Ministries developed the CDP with the insight from great Catholic spiritual writers that discipleship is expressed in many ways as people follow Jesus. Each disciple is unique because each person has a distinctive set of gifts through which the Holy Spirit works in different ways to build up the body of Christ. Growing as a disciple is a life-long process. The CDP provides a “snapshot” of a person’s progress at a certain point in time and resources for continued growth in each of the key areas.
How was the Catholic Discipleship Profile developed?
The CDP fuses years of meticulous data science with the pastoral heart of Paulist Evangelization Ministries. Through a series of consultations in 2020 and 2021, Paulist Evangelization Ministries identified statements of discipleship behaviors based on the major Catholic documents about discipleship and evangelization. We tested these behaviors with various experts in theology and ministry as well as with over 700 “Catholics in the pew.” Highly credentialed researchers analyzed the statements using factor analysis to identify underlying groupings of discipleship behaviors that eventually produced the current 81 statements now identified within five key expressions of discipleship. This process, based on expert review and input from Catholics in the pew, gives us confidence that the CDP is valid and reliable. The result is a singularly helpful tool for reflection, encouragement, and growth.
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