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The St. Francis De Sales Basic catechist formation program consists of nine sessions divided into four distinct parts.


Part One

Introduction: This section serves to provide the catechists with an overview of the lesson and what key areas will be covered an emphasized.


Part Two

What does the Catechist Need to Know: this section covers particulars key areas of catechetical instruction, Church documents on catechesis, important tools necessary for sound catechesis, etc.


Part Three

What Does the Church Say: this section reflects the Church’s understanding and mission in the area of catechesis and catechist formation. It is meant to give the catechist a sound overview of the Church’s mission to teach the faith.


Part Four

The Catechism Reminds: Key articles from the Catechism of the Catholic Church are provided to aid the catechists understanding and value of the Catechism in catechetical instruction.


Additional Sections:

  1. Glossary: each session is comprised of a list of glossary terms related to catechesis aimed to assist catechists in catechetical terminology.
  2. Reflection Questions: each session is comprised of reflection question to assists catechists articulate what they have just learned throughout the session.




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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