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Catechist Formation

The Philosophy of Catechist Formation

The Purpose of Catechist Formation

The Catechist Formation Program

Why should I become a ceritified Catechist?

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  Catechist Formation: The Philosophy

The Catechist Formation Program was developed to assist the catechist as the one who receives and responds to the call of the Lord to share the light of faith with others. To be effective in this work, the catechist must understand, love, live and proclaim the Christian message with conviction and enthusiasm. The proclamation of this message by the catechist in the context of the parish community is to lead the students to a deepening of faith, a greater participation in worship and a more dedicated Christian service.

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  Catechist Formation: The Purpose

The formation of the catechist has a three-fold purpose: to provide for the catechist's own spiritual growth; to increase the theological knowledge out of which one catechizes; to expand skills in teaching methods through study and practice.

Since God is the source and enabler of all catechesis, prayer is an integral part of the catechist's formation. (from Catechist Formation Program, Archdiocese of New York).

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  Catechist Formation: The Program

The Catechist Formation Program is divided into two parts. This first level of formation for a Catechist provides you with opportunities for growth as a person of faith; effective teaching/facilitating skills; and a plan for your ongoing training and developing spiritual life. The second level of formation deepens the training by focusing on essential areas of theological training, such as scripture, the Creed, and morality. The complete list of courses and requirements are available for download.

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 Why should I become a certified catechist?

The Church, and in her name, every catechist can say with truth: "my teaching is not from myself: it comes from the one who sent me" (John 7,16). (General Directory for Catechesis, 98)

A catechist teaches in the name of the Church; a person who desires to develop skills and confidence in effectively communicating the Church's living tradition with his or her learners.

This first level of formation for a Catechist provides you with opportunities for growth as a person of faith; effective teaching/facilitating skills; and a plan for your ongoing training and developing spiritual life.

The second level of formation deepens your training by focusing on essential areas of theological study, such as scripture, the Creed, and morality.

Certification is a recognition by the Church that an individual has completed our Catechist Formation Program and has been given an opportunity to appropriate the catechetical content and skills necessary to be effective with our young people in a classroom setting.

The goal of catechist formation process is to insure that the Church's tradition is handed on to all children in our schools, parishes and parish catechetical programs and to support catechists in their vital ministry with our children and youth.

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  For more information please contact:

Nancy Doran
Director, Catechist Formation
Phone: (212) 371-1000 Ext. 2867
Fax: (212) 980-1035
E-mail: catechists@nyfaithformation.org

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