Our United States Conference of Bishops in the National Directory of Catechesis state:
In order to present the Catholic faith in its fullness
and in a way attractive to each group,
those who catechize need preparation and ongoing formation. Catechist formation programs must ensure that catechists receive assistance in developing their knowledge of the faith and the Gospel message
In our Diocese, all catechists are to complete 5 hours of Catholic formation/theological education annually.
These 5 hours must have a minimum of 3 hours in one of these prescribed theological topics:
Introduction to Theology
Catechist as Minister
Prayer and Spirituality
Liturgy and Sacraments
Creed and Church
Vatican II and Social Justice
Certificates will be issued only for completing the 3-hour theological topic
and will be noted on the certificate.
Each catechist should maintain their own Catechist Formation Record
and submit it to the parish catechetical leader annually
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