The standards focus on these topics. This does not indicate that every school needs to purchase Foss Kits or use the suggested resources. This is for the purpose of framing what topics are taught at what grade level.
The Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute was begun in 1997 as a 5-day orientation program for new or nearly new diocesan leaders. In 2010, the Leadership Institute became an online program which expanded in 2011 to include two tracks of recordings, each track with its own complement of webinars and question-and-answer (Q & A) sessions. Track I serves new diocesan educational or catechetical leaders. Track II serves the professional development needs of veteran diocesan administrators.
Starting in 2012, the online Leadership Institute is expanded again. It is offered free of charge to all interested individuals. It will continue to serve the needs of diocesan leaders. Many of the webinars and Q&A’s are also of interest to parish catechetical leaders and catechists, Catholic school principals and teachers, and other individuals who provide faith formation to diverse age groups and settings.
The Leadership Institute is sponsored by the National Educational Association Departments of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education and Religious Education, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the Secretariats of Catholic Education and of Evangelization and Catechesis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Confirmation preparation process in the Diocese of Saint Cloud seeks to foster and strengthen the faith of the candidates through the relationships of family, peers, sponsors, and faith community, knowing that it is through witness and relationship that they can come to know and love God.
The Confirmation Guidelines Introduction is an overall look at the preparation process for use within the Diocese of Saint Cloud, Minnesota. These guidelines are accompanied by five supplemental booklets, each describing an element of the Confirmation preparation process complete with outlines and examples.
Extra copies of the supplemental booklets can be purchased for your parish by contacting CEM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional organizations that promote catechesis: National Conference for Catechetical Leadership: a Catholic association dedicated to advancing the Church’s teaching mission in the United States, especially by promoting excellence in catechetical leaders.
The Catechist Journey Webinars are sponsored by Loyola Press are presented by Joe Paprocki. The Webinars are broken into chapters by theme for easy viewing. They include: Your Role as a Catechist, Lesson Planning and Preparation, Choosing Learning Activities, Preparing the Learning Environment, Leading Reflective Prayer, Discipline, Polishing Your Technique, 10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Become a More Effective Catechist.
These resources from Twenty Third Publications offer a variety ways to strengthen one’s own faith so children, youth and adults see in us what they long for in their own lives. The resources which we provide here are all designed to help you grow.
Echoes of Faith Plusfrom RCL Benziger is the most widely used catechist/teacher formation program in North America. Echoes of Faith Plus includes 13 videos that demonstrate effective catechetical approaches, methodology, and theology. Companion booklets provide the learning design for each participant and include valuable resources, reflection questions, articles, and prayers. Over 60 renowned specialists in catechetics and theology brought their knowledge, expertise, and skills to the Echoes of Faith Plus project.
The Diocesan Catholic Education Ministries Scholarship Fund exists as a Catholic education grant program within the Diocese of St. Cloud to help in the qualifying training of religious education coordinators, youth ministry coordinators, Catholic school personnel, and others preparing for ministry in parishes, schools, and offices of the Diocese of St. Cloud.