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Services and Programs

Services and programs of the Office of Catechesis

Overview of Programs and Services


Catechist Formation

  • Training & formation opportunities for catechists
  • 'Forming the Catechetical Spirit' parish-based program
  • Annual Catechetical Conference
  • Certification of catechists & teachers
  • Approval of programs for certification clock hours

Support for Catechetical Leaders

  • New Directors Institute
  • Annual gatherings of catechetical leaders
  • Training days and network gatherings
  • Deanery meetings
  • E-newsletter
  • G3 technology training

Guidelines for Parishes

  • Catechetical standards and policy manual
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Sacramental preparation guidelines for Baptism, Penance, Eucharist
  • Resources for effective child and family catechesis
  • Religion Assessments 

Consultation Services

  • Consultation with parish staff
  • Christian Formation Committee support
  • Family Perspectives Consultation
  • Research and data collection on parish programs and practices

Catholic Scouting

  • Liaison to Catholic Committees on Scouting
  • Official source for Catholic scout emblems
  • Annual Celebration of Catholic Scouting

Catechetical Resources

  • Textbook review and evaluation
  • Online resources at
  • Cooperation with Salzmann Library at St. Francis de Sales Seminary
  • Contact with catechetical publishers
  • Parish Library network and resources

Connections & Collaboration

  • Consultation and joint programs with other archdiocesan offices
  • Liaison to Mareda, the archdiocesan association of catechetical leaders
  • Archdiocesan affiliation with national organizations:
    • In Word and Witness (formerly NCCL)
    • National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD)



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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

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St. Francis, WI 53235

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408