Catechist Formation Policy & Resources

Catechist Formation

Our mission at St. Francis of Assisi is to build a Church of missionary disciples. The Church reminds us “the name catechesis was given to the totality of the Church’s efforts to make disciples”.¹ Our mission is the plan of God the Father, who created us to share in his divine life, and who sent His Son Jesus Christ to save and reconcile us to the Father. The Holy Spirit continues the work of Christ in the Church and in the hearts of the disciples. The Church, inspired by the Holy Spirit, carries out this mission.

The Bishops of the Church are responsible for this mission and for guarding the Deposit of Faith. The Bishops entrust pastors of parishes to carry out the mission of God. Pastors invite coworkers into this local mission as both paid and volunteer missionary disciples. Every baptized member of the Church is sent with the same mission, to “make disciples of all nations” for “all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples”.² 

Thus the parish is the fundamental instrument of the mission of God in the world to make disciples of all nations. Catechists are responsible for handing on the teachings of the Catholic Church, as proclaimed by the Magisterium, through catechesis and the witness of their lives. In this way catechists are called to be missionary disciples.

Because of the importance of this apostolic and missionary role of the catechist in the life of the Parish, the commissioning of catechists into the mission of the Church requires careful formation in prayer, doctrine, and the methods of catechesis.

*** The below represents St. Francis of Assisi’s Catechist Formation Process required for any and all laity functioning as a catechist at our parish. ***

Catechist Formation Process

  1. Annual Summer Catechist Day*
  2. Safe Environment Certification (Required prior to teaching)
  3. A Signed Oath of Fidelity (Required prior to teaching)
  4. Online Formation through FUS Catechetical Institute
  5. In-Person Formation Specific to the Catechetical Ministry


Catechists include: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Children’s Catechists, Young Church Core Team, RCIA, RCIC, Sacramental Prep, and any parish ministries or groups that teach the Catholic faith

¹ Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 4.
² Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium), 120.
* Catechist Day (Cat Day), held each summer, is strongly encouraged as a starting point for new catechists to discern the ministry and for current catechists to come together for on-going formation, community, and to be updated on the direction of catechesis

Catechist Resources

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