Forming Disciples

Lifelong Faith Formation

The Diocese of Buffalo is pleased to provide to parishes and Catholic high schools current Curriculum Guidelines for Adolescent Catechesis. This document replaces all previous versions of the Curriculum Guides for Adolescent Catechesis of the Diocese of Buffalo. Please review each of the documents provided below – simply click on the title to download.  They are a resource for the implementation of a comprehensive and systemic approach to adolescent catechesis.   

Please note that the curriculum for Confirmation preparation is separate. Please review our standards on the Sacraments page.

 The Curriculum Guidelines for Adolescent Catechesis by Topic

Curriculum guidelines are in alignment with the USCCB’s Adapted Adolescent Curriculum Framework for Parish and Youth Ministry Programs.

Family Resources to Connect Faith to Sunday Liturgy

52 Sunday 

From the Archdiocese of Detroit, simple and insightful ways for families to spend time together learning about the Catholic faith

Family Zone Newsletter

From the Rochester Diocese, a great resource that links the Sunday readings with activities and faith practices

Protecting God's Children

Everyone who works with children or vulnerable adults needs to be in compliance with VIRTUS (Protecting God’s Children).

Children are required to receive awareness training too; we currently use the “Empowering God’s Children” program. 

The deadline to report this training is Nov 1st.
All reporting is done online through the VIRTUS system. For more information, contact your VIRTUS administrator.

Planning for the Future​

COVID-19 Guidelines: At this time we ask that you follow CDC guidelines, and your local county guidelines.  As of last Friday Governor Hochul issued a mask mandate for all schools. Therefore, please expect masks for all students and teachers/catechists. Current CDC guidelines ask for as much social distancing as possible (3 feet for students, and 6 feet for teachers).  They can take alternating  brief periodic mask breaks every hour if needed (just make sure those in close proximity are not taking a break at the same time).  Please encourage this distancing for any situation where students will be in proximity with others for more than 15 minutes.  For those leading Family based Faith Formation ministry please ensure that there is appropriate distancing between families.  We want to foster as much protection as possible for our children, families, catechists, and staff.  For additional guidance from the Diocese please go to: 

Formation Models: Great resources from our friends in the Diocese of Rochester and Syracuse 

Sacramental Information: The Diocese of Buffalo policies on sacraments

For Leaders: Planning your Faith Formation year and beyond can be challenging! Check out some of these resources for ideas and best practices. Can’t find what you’re looking for? New and need guidance? Contact us at 716-847-8760 for assistance!

Questions? Contact Us.