Our United States Conference of Bishops in the National Directory of Catechesis state:
"Catechists are called to continual conversion and growth in their faith and,
for this reason, are called to ongoing spiritual formation." NCD, 55C
Well-formed catechists are those who can effectively share the Catholic faith
in a way that is transformative in the lives of others.
In our Diocese, all catechists are to complete 8 hours
of Catholic formation/theological education annually.
Each Year, Catechists Must Attend
3 hours of a Theological Topic
3 hours of a second Theological Topic
2 hours of Ministry Skills
Monthly VIRTUS Compliance
Catechist Formation Winter Offerings
2019* Catechist Formation LIVE Workshops
January 16, 6:30pm, From Classroom Teacher to Group Facilitator, Catholic Center
CToday's catechist must transition from the traditional role of 'religion teacher' to serve as a
'faith witness'. Employing effective strategies will properly balance discussion, sharing,
and leaning about the Catholic faith. Come to this interactive session to discover how to
make the most of the time you have with a group - whether adults of youth.
Will fulfill two hours of the Ministry Skills component for catechist formation.
Catechists can register for the workshop using this link.
February 2, 9:30am, Sacraments of Initiation, Holy Family, Albion
February 7, 6:30pm, Catechist as Missionary Disciple, Sacred Heart, Lakewood
March 15, 6:30pm, Cultivating Faith in the Home, Catholic Center
March 30, 9:30am, Adolescent Faith Development, St. Mary, Olean
April 6, 10:30am, Catholic Social Teaching, St. Francis of Assisi, Tonawanda
April 30, 6:30pm, Adolescent Faith Formation, St. Andrew, Kenmore
May 6, 6:30pm, Catholic Social Teaching, St. Mary of the Lake, Hamburg
Click on the blue topic to register