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Course Objectives

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.


Catechist Requirements

Catechists are required to:

  • Participate in all required sessions (9) to complete Level 1 (Basic) of the Catechist Formation Program
  • Complete two doctrinal lesson plans.
  • Participate in two Diocesan sponsored catechetical workshops, lectures or presentations
  • Complete and submit multiple choice assessment exam. (optional)



  • The Holy Bible Revised Standard Version 2nd ed.; Ignatius Press (2006) San Francisco
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd ed.; USCCB (2002) Washington D.C.
  • Catechesis In Our Time; Pope John Paul II; Daughters of St. Paul (1979) New York
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Craft of Catechesis; Morgan, Willey, De Cointet; Ignatius Press (2008) San Francisco
  • The Mystery we Proclaim 2nd ed.; Msgr. Francis Kelly Our Sunday Visitor (2000) Huntingdon, IN
  • General Directory for Catechesis; Congregation for the Clergy; Libreria Vaticana Editrice (1997)


Catechetical Credit Hours

There are a total of nine sessions required to complete Level 1 Basic Catechist Certification.

The breakdown of credit hours is as follows:

  1. Each Session equals (3) credit hours except for the last session which is valued at 6 credit hours.
  2. *(9) Sessions x (3) credit hours for a total of 30 Credit hours.
  3. Completion of two (2) well crafted doctrinal lesson plans is 20 credit hours.
  4. **Participation in two approved Diocesan Catechetical workshops, conferences, or lectures is 20 credit hours. 
  5. Total credit hours needed to complete Basic Catechist Certification is 70 credit hours.

*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.


Diocesan Tuition Assistance

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.


Parish Financial Assistance

All catechists should inquire with their Pastor or Director of Religious Education about tuition assistance to participate in the program.


Length of 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.




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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