The National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) chapter 8, section 55 points out some key aspects for preparation and ongoing formation of catechists. We are blessed with some of the best volunteers the Church has to offer. Each person brings her or his diversity of background and experiences with her or him to this ministry. Just as those we serve are at different points in their Christian faith journey, so too are those who are commissioned as catechists. It is the responsibility of the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, working with each parish community, to ensure that each volunteer has access to a formation program to help her/him acquire skills, resources and knowledge to hand on the Catholic faith to those who are entrusted to one’s care.
Joe Paprocki, D.Min., has served in many teaching capacities in the Chicago area for more than twenty years. HIs books include God’s Library and Living the Mass (Loyola Press). He currently is the associate director of catechetical services of Loyola Press. This webinar series is designed for catechetical leaders (directors of religious education, youth ministers, and adult faith formation directors/RCIA directors) and their volunteers in formation/catechists.
For more incredibly helpful ideas for catechists, please browse Joe’s blog, Catechist’s Journey Blog, from Loyola Press. You will discover such gems as: All Things Catechist, Catechetical Issues and Topics, Liturgical Seasons and Feasts, Webinars, and Joe’s tour schedule.