Catechist Formation General Policy
The Diocese of Buffalo believes in the priority of on-going faith
formation for Catholics of all ages. With this in mind, we require that
all catechists who volunteer for parish programs be properly prepared for this ministry.
Catechists who have been entrusted with handing on the faith and
supporting the catechetical and evangelizing mission of the parish must
participate in on-going faith formation of their own, with special emphasis on the particular diocesan standards detailed in our diocesan catechist formation process.
The Diocese of Buffalo requires catechists to participate in a minimum of 5
hours of on-going formation annually. Further, of these 5 hours, at least 3 hours must be in one of nine theological topics, which are listed in the approved catechist formation curriculum of the Diocese of Buffalo. This curriculum is provided upon request.
Certificates of completion will be provided for completion of each of the theological topics as validated by the parish catechetical leader and provided in a report to the Diocese in the spring of each year. Each catechist should maintain their own Catechist Formation Record and submit it to the parish catechetical leader annually as requested.
Records should also be kept in their parish personnel file.
Parish catechetical leaders may contact us to discuss a plan for catechist formation or arrange for a FREE program.
Below are three online resources that can help get catechists off to a great start:
#1 - Spirituality of the Catechist - Joe Paprocki (5min)
#2 - Introduction to the Catechist - Joe Paprocki (5min)
#3 - Six Tasks of Catechesis - Joe Paprocki (6min)