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St. Francis De Sales

Basic Catechist Formation Program


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Anyone who desires to teach the Catholic faith knows that you just can’t get by with what you know on face value. There are intricacies in teaching the Catholic faith that are both basic and substantive. In other words, merely knowing the Catholic does not necessarily mean it will transform someone into a master teacher.

The art of teaching the Catholic faith involves many facets from the part of the catechist e.g. the ability to study the Church and grasp what the Church teaches i.e., knowing creedal, doctrinal, sacramental, liturgical, moral and spiritual foundations well. Besides these tenets, a good teacher will become well versed in foundational sources such as Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Grasping these foundational truths is part of what makes a sound catechist- a person who hands on the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. Another important is the authentic witness of the catechist which in reality should be primary when teaching others. Actively living the Gospel in fidelity fosters the two-fold foundation of sound catechesis and sound witness of the faith for others.

The aim of the St. Francis De Sales Basic Catechist Formation Program is to form catechists. A catechist is a person who desires to teach the Catholic faith and become an effective witness of the Gospel. The primary emphasis of this program is to form faithful catechists. Throughout this journey, catechists will become familiar with basic catechetical concepts; understand the role of the liturgy, the RCIA process, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, proper methodology, lesson planning, and so forth in the areas of catechesis and catechetical instruction.

My hope is that anyone who participates in this program will gain a better awareness and appreciation of catechesis and the central role it plays in forming the Catholic faithful to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ with a love that is never ending.

Marlon De La Torre, MA MEd.
Department Director for Catechesis


"God did not create you because He had any need of you, for you are wholly useless to Him, but only that He might exercise towards you His goodness, bestowing on you His grace and glory. To accomplish this, he has given you an understanding to know Him, a memory to remember Him, a will to love Him, an imagination to recall His mercies, eyes to see the wonders of His works, a tongue to praise Him, and so with all your other faculties. Therefore being created and placed in the world for this prupose, you should avoid and reject all actions which are contrary to it; and despise as idle and superfluous all which do not promote it." - St. Francis De Sales, Introduction To Devout Life




Paola Quintero-Araújo
Director St. Junipero Serra Institute

Marlon De La Torre, MA MEd.
Department Director for Catechesis

Lucia Romo Sanchez
Administrative Assistant


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