As any effective catechist realizes, you can never know too much about the Faith. You also know that how you teach – your pedagogical or methodological skill – is equally important. The way a catechist hands on the Faith to an adult is quite different from the methods employed for children and youth. Think how Jesus used different methods of teaching for his different audiences. Of course, your own personal spirituality plays a critical role in the way you work to deepen the spiritual lives of others.
The Archdiocesan Catechetical Office offers year-round catechist formation in theology, methodology and spirituality. We provide this in traditional and online classrooms to meet the needs and time constraints of catechists who are overwhelmingly volunteers and also have families and jobs to see to.
However, in October, the Catechetical Office will also sponsor a special opportunity for added formation: our annual Catechetical Forums. These Forums offer a variety of special workshops that provide spiritual, theological and methodological enrichment for you and your fellow catechists.
The forums will take place on Saturday, October 8, at Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe, N.Y., and on Saturday, October 22, at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. There are workshop tracks in both Spanish and English. Archbishop Timothy Dolan will celebrate the opening Mass at Sacred Heart and Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York, will join us at Cardinal Spellman High School.
Find out more Forum details right here, including how to register.
Talk to your parish director or coordinator of religious education. It would be great if the whole team attended – great for you and all the generous, hard-working catechists, great for your students, and great for your parish.