Are there age requirements for being a catechist?
Any practicing Catholic who is confirmed, willing to participate in the Archdiocesan Catechist Formation Program, agrees to participate in meetings designated by the Parish Religious Education Director/Coordinator, willing to prepare for their catechetical sessions, and is approved by the Pastor, is a good candidate for the important ministry of catechist. Because the ministry of catechesis requires maturity, the requirement is that the catechist must be 18 or over. A person younger than 18 can be a catechist assistant. Catechist assistants who are under 18 years of age may be in regular contact with children only if they are directly supervised by an adult who is in full compliance with the Safe Environment Requirements and who is actually present at the time and place where they are serving.
♦ If they are 16 or 17, they must also complete a Safe Environment Questionnaire, submit to a background check (with parental consent), and attend a "Safer Spaces" class.
♦ If they are 14 or 15, they must complete a Safe Environment Questionnaire, and attend a "Safer Spaces" class, but they do not have to submit to a background check.
♦ If they are under the age of 14, they do not have to submit to a background check or attend a training class, but they must be advised of the Code of Conduct.