Catechists have always had a very important role in the secular journey of evangelisation. Even today, they are considered to be irreplaceable evangelisers, as the encyclical Redemptoris Missio so rightly states. In his message to our Plenary Assembly, the Holy Father confirmed the uniqueness of their role: "During my apostolic journeys I have been able observe personally what the catechists offer, especially in mission territories, an 'outstanding and absolutely necessary contribution to the spread of the faith and the Church'" (AG 17).

Pathways for Catechist Formation is a diocesan certification program. Designed for parish catechists of adults, youth or children. Pathways provides a self-directed program of learning that includes a curriculum of study, prayer and reflection.

Let the Office of Christian Formation know of your interest. The parish registers you and has the study materials available for you. Once you are registered, the catechist goes directly to Pathways .

Resources of Catechists

Christian Formation

Youth Ministry



High School and College

Young Adults


Online/Virtual Distance Learning

Because the diocese participates in these online distance learning programs, students can receive reduced tuition:


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