Online Resources

  • ecatechist.com is a website that gives ideas, resources, and inspiration for catechists of all ages.
  • catechistsjourney.com is a blog written by Joe Paprocki, a fellow catechist and nationally known speaker.

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.

Professional Catechetical Organizations

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.

National Catholic Educational Association: a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the Church.

Catechist Training

In the Ministry of the Word is a catechist training program offered through the Diocese.

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.

Into the Fields is a catechist and teacher formation program from Twenty-Third Publications that will help deepen faith based on Igantian exercises, give catechists and teacher a comprehensive Catechism-based review of Catholic teaching, and give catechists and teachers concrete teaching methods that work in classrooms.

Echoes of Faith Plus from 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.

Other Resources

Overview of Church Documents Relating to Catechesis