Catechesis is an essential component of evangelization.  Its aim is not just to instruct, but to form people as Christian disciples and bring them into communion with Jesus Christ.

Catechist Formation General Policy:

The Diocese of Buffalo believes in the priority of on-going faith formation for Catholics of all ages, which supports the evangelizing mission of the parish. Catechists, who have been entrusted with forming disciples, must make it a priority to continue their own faith formation.   

The Diocese of Buffalo requires catechists to participate in a minimum of 5 hours of formation annually. Further, at least 3 hours must be in one of nine theological topics, which are listed in the approved catechist formation curriculum. This curriculum can be found here.

Each catechist should maintain his/her own Catechist Formation Record and submit it to the Parish Catechetical Leader annually as requested. Records should also be kept in the parish personnel file. Certificates of participation will be provided for 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.   Forms for individual catechists and annual reports can be found at the bottom of the page.

NCEA Webinars: for both catechists and Catholic school educators, also can access archived webinars, including a series on the six tasks of catechesis.
Ave Maria Press: professional development webinars on a variety of subjects related to Faith Formation.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS): offers a great series on Social Justice, with short videos and lesson/activity.
Boston College: Crossroads offers courses on various topics related to the Catholic faith. Website provides a listing of upcoming, new courses and free online mini-courses.
University of Notre Dame: STEP Theology Online offers a large selection of courses to enrich your own faith formation. Courses are offered throughout the year.
Here is a great series of reflections for all those in catechectical ministry, by Julianne Stanz. It's a quick read, with some helpful resources included:
Wondering what being a catechist is all about? Visit three online resources that can get you started:

#3 - Six Tasks of Catechesis - Joe Paprocki (6min)

#2 - Introduction to the Catechist - Joe Paprocki (5min)

#1 - Spirituality of the Catechist - Joe Paprocki (5min)


Would you like to offer a formation workshop for your catechists or plan for next year's formation? 

Parish catechetical leaders can contact us to discuss a plan for catechist formation or arrange for a formation program at their location, free of charge.

Individual Catechist Formation Record:  can be used by each catechist to record their formation yearly

2018 Jesus the Faithful Servant Request Form: to recognize those catechists for 5 years (and increasing 5 yr increments)

2018 Catechist Formation Report: annual form to record catechist formation and submit to diocese