Catechist Formation

Dear Catechetical Administrator:

The following is the 2006 revision of the Catechist Certification Guidelines for the Diocese of Savannah. Religious educators (catechists) in parish programs and Catholic schools are expected to work toward certification. These guidelines become effective August 1, 2006.

All those involved in the administration of religious instruction are called to insure that the people who are designated to teach about our faith are well prepared. Programs of formation should be designed to help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to hand on the faith to those entrusted to their care and assist them in living as disciples in Christ. NDC no.55. This document is meant to enable catechists to be prepared in a reasonable length of time.

All adults serving as catechists to children and youth must have a criminal background check and attend a Protecting God’s Children program in accordance with Diocesan Policy and the Code of Conduct (Chapters 6.5.2, 3. and 4) before entering the classroom. The program currently being used is VIRTUS.

I would like to express my appreciation to those who worked with the Office of Religious Education on this revision. Thanks to: Lynn Brown; Sr. Rose Mary Collins, SSJ; Sr. Georgette Cunniff, MFIC; Sr. Cecilia DiDonato, IHM; Nan Gillespie; Sr. Ellen Marie Hagar, DC; Diana Hankins; Sue Hinderlider; Jerry Horne; Sr. Terentia Hynes, MFIC; Sr. Jeannine Norton, IHM; and Dede Mateyko.

The main goal of catechist certification is to enable parish and school catechetical leaders to form catechists in an authentic manner so that together we may serve Christ and His Church in proclaiming the Gospel to all. If you have any questions, concerns or need assistance, please call the Diocesan Office of Religious Education.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Ann Pinckney

Diocesan Director of Religious Education

(Revised August 2006)

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