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Catechetical Leadership Program


An academic program for Coordinators of Religious Education, it consists of courses in theology and catechetics as well as in catechetical administration. It is a necessary component of the certification process for the Coordinator.

 All courses are 8 sessions of 3 hours each.
Classes are held once a week. Students should expect several hours of homework a week.

sweep of candlesChristology

provides an overview of the Church's understanding of the person and mission of Jesus as revealed in the Scriptures and in the development of Christology in the history and tradition of the Church.


sweep of candlesMorality

presents Catholic morality and explores the criteria for moral decision making.


sweep of candles Church History up to the Present

provides an exploration of the development of the Church as affected by sociological, political and historical factors.


sweep of candles Church Documents including Vatican Council II

presents an overview of the rich tradition of Church documents from the period of the early Church to the present, with a special emphasis on the Second Vatican Council


sweep of candles History of the Sacraments

examines the theological and the historical development of the seven Catholic sacraments

sweep of candlesDevelopment of the Christian Person

explores the development of the Christian person according to Catholic spirituality and human psychology.  

sweep of candlesCatechetical Administration

teaches the nature and history of catechesis and its multi-cultural context as well as leadership styles and collaborative ministry; developes skills for the promotion of parish catechetical programs for all ages.   Some sessions are specialized for Coordinators of elementary religious education, youth ministry, adult faith formation and RCIA leaders


sweep of candlesCommunication Skills

teaches those skills necessary for effective parish catechetical administration, focusing on listening skills, interviewing, group management, effective oral and written communication, public speaking, conflict management.


sweep of candlesPre-requisites for admission into the Catechetical Leadership Program

Catechist Formation, Level I and Level II
Basic Leadership Training Course

Tuition for Program:

Each course is $ 350.  Parish provides the tuition for its Coordinator. 

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Courses for 2013

History of the Sacraments

St. Catharine's Adult Learning Center, Pelham
Oct. 3  through Nov. 21, 2013
9:30 to 12:30



This course presents the theological and historical development of the seven Catholic Sacraments.  It will be taught by Rita Ferrone, an award-winning writer and teacher of liturgy, catechesis and Christian Initiation.  She holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School.  Rita Ferrone is the author of several books, including  Liturgy:  Sacrosanctum Concillium, which received the 2008 Catholic Press Award. She prepared the meditations for an evangelization program well-used by parishes called Living the Eucharist.  Rita has taught this Advanced Catechetical Leadership Course before and was greatly appreciated by the students.


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For more information or to register please contact

Sr.Teresita Morse, RJM
Director of Formation for Catechetical Leaders
1011 First Ave, Room 1879
New York, NY 10022
Email: Sr.Teresita.Morse@archny.org



















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Mrs. Rita Ferrone, M. Div.