Formation for Catechists

  • January 26, 2020
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
347 Middlesex Road, Darien, Connecticut, 06820, United States

We are grateful to all our catechists and want to offer them support, resources, and formation. To make sure the young people and adults in our communities are served by those who are well-formed, all those who serve their parishes as catechists are required to enter into ongoing formation beginning September 1, 2019. The formation will be both online and face-to-face, and will be conducted by The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport. For those without consistent computer access, an offline workbook will be available.

Those required to participate include:

• Catechists in parish school of religious education
• Volunteers in Vacation Bible Camps or other pre-school programs
• RCIA team members
• Pre-Cana team members/sponsor couples
• Pre and Post Baptism team members
• Adult education team members

Pre-requisite to entering formation

Several months ago, all parishes were asked to make sure catechists serving in this important position were noted as such in the Virtus database. This notation must be done by someone in the parish with access to the Virtus database by placing a check mark next to the “role” of catechist. That list will be used to invite people into formation.

Formation Requirements

Unlike the grandfathering phase of formation for liturgical ministers, the online/offline learning will not begin for catechists until a face-to-face session is complete.

The face-to-face formation will include a video message from Bishop Caggiano, a conversation among catechists, and an introduction to the online modules that will complete your formation. The gatherings will last approximately two hours.

“Teaching is a beautiful job, as it allows you to see the growth
day by day of people entrusted to your care.
It is a little like being parents, at least spiritually. It is a great responsibility.
Teaching is a serious commitment, that only
a mature and balanced person can undertake.”
Pope Francis, 2015

Sign-up below for this Face-to-face session on:
Sunday, January 26, 2020 – 1:00 pm @ St. Thomas More, Darien

All available dates include:
January 9, 2020, 7 pm – St. Rose of Lima, Newtown
January 12, 2020, 12:30 pm – Our Lady of Grace, Stratford
January 13, 2020, 7 pm – Our Lady of Fatima, Wilton
January 22, 2020, 7 pm – St. Cecilia, Stamford (taking place at St. Gabriel)
January 23, 2020, 7 pm – Notre Dame, Easton
January 26, 2020, 1 pm – St. Thomas More, Darien
January 27, 2020, 7 pm – Holy Spirit, Stamford

If your parish would like to host a face-to-face session for catechists, please email The Leadership Institute.

  • January 26, 2020
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
347 Middlesex Road, Darien, Connecticut, 06820, United States