Catechist formation is essential to the Church’s mission of evangelization. Catechist should be well equipped for the ministry of fostering discipleship. Catechists fulfill an essential role in guiding others on the journey of faith. They should be sufficiently formed in knowledge and practical skill in order to be effective evangelizers and ministry collaborators. The Diocese of Orlando expects catechists to be certified whether serving in parishes, Catholic schools, or other settings. Many different formation opportunities can be qualified for certification credit. Catechist formation services include: local and diocesan sponsored events and support; accreditation evaluation of relevant formation; resourcing support; and the University of Dayton Partnership.
Catechists should seek a balance of formation opportunities across these four dimensions:
|The catechist dimension addresses the personal development of the catechist as a mature disciple and human being. Essential to this dimension is a catechist’s spiritual formation, apostolic consciousness of vocation and ministry to share faith on behalf of the Church. Broad formation topics in this dimension would include: personal development disciplines, the social sciences, spiritual exercises, retreats, individual prayer life, spiritual direction, etc.||The content dimension addresses the working knowledge a catechist has regarding the Catholic faith, tradition, and practice. Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church are fundamental reference points of study. Broad formation topics in this dimension would include: creed, liturgy, sacraments, morality, prayer and spirituality, apologetics, ecclesiology, church history, systematic and dogmatic theology, eschatology, Catholic social teaching, etc.|
|The learner dimension addresses the person of the learner and the social context in which the learner lives so that a catechist can effectively share a message that a learner can hear and nurture. Broad formation topics in this dimension would include: psychological/sociological development, culture, family systems, faith and moral development, etc.||The methods dimension addresses the necessary skills for effectively sharing the faith. Broad formation topics in this dimension would include: age (and developmentally) appropriate methods for teaching, learning- styles and theories, group processes, lesson planning, communication, discipline, conflict management, group prayer, multimedia in the classroom, storytelling, art and music, etc.|
Requesting Catechist Level Certificates.
Certificates are prepared automatically each month by the Secretariat for Laity Family and Life (SLFL) catechetical office for those that earn the Basic, Advanced, or Master Level or the Sacaramental Certificate in the previous month. Parish and Catholic School catechetical leaders may also request certificates that catechists have earned through the submission of the Petition for Catechist Certificate with catechist record (click here). The catechist record should contain the information demonstrating the completion of either 6, 12, or 18 courses to support the request for Basic, Advanced or Master Level Certificates. This submission may be useful when the catechist has completed external coursework, e.g. UDayton VLCFF courses.