Formation Catechetical Leaders
Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education: Welcome!!!
These web pages are designed to serve your needs as you strive to develop your professional competencies and skills and thus become increasingly effective as you answer the call of the Lord Jesus to leadership in the Catechetical Ministry.
The single most critical factor in an effective parish catechetical program is the leadership of a professionally trained parish catechetical leader. (NDC # 53 p. 224)
For Directors and Coordinators New to the Archdiocese of New York
For all Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education
For Directors and Coordinators who are certified or are in the Supervision Process for Certification
For Coordinators who are taking any of the courses in the Catechetical Leadership Program
For members of the Catechetical Office Wisdom Community:
Certified Directors and Coordinators who are certified
and committed to maintaining their Certification .
For more information please contact:
Sr. Teresita Morse, RJM
Director of Formation for Catechetical Leaders
1011 First Ave, Room 1879
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 371-1011 Ext. 2858
Fax: (212) 371-1011 Ext. 3482
In these web pages the lighted candle symbolizes the Catechetical Leader aflame with the Light of Faith.
Candle wicks are dipped many times over to form layer upon layer of wax which feeds the flame and keeps it burning birghtly. The candle's wax symbolizes the dimensions of the Catechetical Leader's life in ministy -- dimensions such as professional formation and expertise and experience. These have been layered around the wick or core of one's commitment and enable the Leader to burn with the light of faith.
All the professional formation opportunities listed in these pages are "dippings" into the rich wax of the Church's wisdom, knowledge and 2000 years of experience. They form the Catechetical Leader into the likeness of the First Teacher: Jesus -- just as each small candle is a likeness of the great Easter Candle.
One little flame is already a powerful way to disperse darkness but many small flames together become a great fire for God's people lighting their way through the dark until the dawn comes and the Morning Star rises (cf 2 Peter 1, 19).