The objective of the Catechist Formation Program is to prepare the catechist to be an effective witness and teacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The aim of all Catechetical instruction is to place the student in an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. (CT, 5, 20)
One of the main tenets of this program is to assist the catechist in forming and developing sound catechetical lesson plans that will draw the student toward a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Throughout this program emphasis is placed on using sound resources such as Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Magisterial Catechetical documents e.g. General Director for Catechesis, Catechesis In Our Time, Evangelization in the Modern World and so on.
In the end, the catechist will hopefully come away with a sound catechetical foundation enabling him/her to transmit the Gospel with rigor and vigor.
Catechists are required to:
There are a total of nine sessions required to complete Level 1 Basic Catechist Certification.
The breakdown of credit hours is as follows:
*Note: Session Nine counts for 6 credit hours
**Examples of Approved Diocesan Events are: UD Ministry Conference, National Catechetical Conferences i.e. St. John Bosco Conference, NCCL, NCEA, etc.
The fee to complete the program is $70.00 per catechist. Note: The fee does not cover books.
There is very limited tuition assistance for catechists participating in the program. Tuition assistance will be based on the degree of financial need per catechist on a first come first serve basis.
All catechists should inquire with their Pastor or Director of Religious Education about tuition assistance to participate in the program.
The average length of the program will be two years. Please note: students may be able to finish the program sooner depending on scheduling and availability of instructors, host sites, etc.
Marlon De La Torre, MA MEd.
Lucia Romo Sanchez
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