Catechist Formation

The Diocesan Catechist Certification Program is intended for those who serve as parish catechists, Catholic School teachers, R.C.I.A ministers, youth ministry catechists, and other adults serving parishes in catechetical ministry. The Catechist Certification Program is concerned with the faith development of the catechist as well as with doctrinal content and methodology. The intention of this program is to assist the catechist in nurturing a faith-love relationship with God and, in turn, to foster a faith-love relationship with God in those whom they catechize. Thus will the dimensions of formation: being, knowing and savoir-faire be realized in the catechetical ministry of the Diocese.


“Adult faith formation also benefits children and youth. An adult community whose faith is well-formed and lively will more effectively pass that faith on to the next generation. Moreover, the witness of adults actively continuing their own formation shows children and youth that growth in faith is lifelong and does not end upon reaching adulthood.”{Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, A Pastoral Plan For Adult Faith Formation In The United States, #40}

The Catechist Certification Program combines varying elements and opportunities to gain religious knowledge, strategies in methodology and spiritual enrichment. The Catechist Certification Program will employ adult formation principles with the goal of fostering a well-formed and lively faith in the catechist enabling him or her to “more effectively pass that faith onto the next generation.”

Basic Level

Advanced Level

Continued Formation