"Catechists are called to continual conversion and growth in their faith and, for this reason, are called to ongoing spiritual formation." NCD, 55C

Well-formed catechists are those who can effectively share the Catholic faith in a way that is transformative in the lives of others.

Each Year, Catechists Must Attend To:

  • 2 Theological Topics = 3 hours each
  • Ministry Skills = 2 hours
  • Monthly VIRTUS Compliance

The Department of Lifelong Faith Formation is dedicated to assisting and supporting parish leaders in providing quality catechist formation.  Each season a selection of approved formation will be offered.  Those who are planning their own formation for catechists MUST request approval beforehand.  If you have questions or concerns regarding Catechist Formation, contact Megan Nixon at 716-847-8760.

As we continue to update our Catechist Formation site (www.DOBformation.org) with catechists, login emails have been sent out.  On Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. we will be hosting a webinar for catechists to orient them to the site and how to use it to track their formation.  Please share this link with your catechists so they can register for the webinar: My Catholic Faith Delivered Catechist Tutorial.  If they can't attend the live presentation, it will be recorded and emailed the following day.


Catechist Formation:

Spring Workshops

Theological Formation:

Catholic Social Teaching (2 contact hours + 1 hour independent)

  • May 6 - 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Lake in Hamburg - register now

Ministry Skills:

From Classroom Teacher to Group Facilitator:

  • April 25 - 6:30-8:30 p.m., Blessed Mother Teresa in Depew - register now

Growing Pains - Adolescent Faith Development:

  • April 30 - 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew in Kenmore - register now

More workshops available by request!  See the Catechist Formation Spring Offerings brochure.

Additional formation is available at Christ the King Seminary and from Boston College.