Catechist Information

2018 Catechetical Conference “Living as Missionary Disciples”

This year the catechetical theme for the United States is “ Living as Missionary Disciples.”   As catechists who “echo” the teaching of Jesus through the apostles, we honor and celebrate you.  Ministry heads, parish leaders an involved parents are also remembered because we all echo the Good News of Jesus the Christ.  The South Deanery along with the Archdiocese of Atlanta is hosting a conference specifically for catechists, leaders of our parish and parents.  Anyone involved with our youth, adults and RCIA are invited to attend. If you know of others interested in learning about their faith, they are welcome to attend as well!  Every year several hundred people attend this amazing conference.

The General Session and breakout sessions are of a wide variety and will help you in many areas of catechesis.  Dr. Joseph White the keynote is amazing.  I invite you to visit his website http://www.sharingcatholicfaith.com/   We are very fortunate to have him join us this year.

Sessions are  in English and Spanish.  The date is Saturday November 11, 2017.  8:30 am – 3:40 pm.  Registration is now open and you can register at  https://archatl.com/offices/formation-and-discipleship/events/ and click on the icon.  After November 1 the price is $15.00.  Lunch is included in the day of formation.  You may stay all day, or attend only those sessions which pertain to your ministry.

Sessions are formatted for Elementary, Middle, Youth and Adult formation. Below are examples of some of the morning courses. Again please visit the website to check out the courses available and register.

  • Involving Parents (Part 1 of 2) (2 hrs.) —Dr. Joseph White (IALM)
  • Spirituality of the Catechist—Pixie Smith (BC2)
  • Inside Islam for Catholics—Deacon Greg Ollick (2 hrs.)
  • Praying with Adolescents—Susan Baker (BM2 or IALM)
  • ¿Quién es el Espíritu Santo? —Father Miguel Ángel
  • Desarrollo de la Fe y La Moral (Parte 1 de 2) (2 hrs.) —Luis Guzman
  • Una Catequesis Eficaz Para Niños—Angie McIl
  • Liturgia y Sacramentos Parte 1 de 2 (2 hrs.)—Father Gabriel Scasino

For more information contact: Kathy Kelly Huey, DRE, 770.253.5668

Catechist Information and Catechist Certification Process

Catechist Certification

The process for catechist certification in the Archdiocese of Atlanta is contained in the document Communicating the Catholic Message. Catechist certification builds competency in four dimensions: Catechist, Theology, Learner and Methods. The certification hour requirements for parish catechists and Catholic school teachers are different, however, both build competency in the four key dimensions. Please follow this link to learn more about the certification process.  Please contact Kathy Kelly Huey, to review and setup your plan.  For more information about certification, please see the Archdiocese of Atlanta Catechist Certification page.

Opportunities for Learning Online

University of Dayton Online Learning

Boston College

Echoes of Faith Online- Catechist Certification

Basic Catechist Certification courses are now available online through Echoes of Faith. The Office of Formation and Discipleship has purchased a block of one-year online subscriptions for the Echoes of Faith series. Each one year subscription costs $15 and catechists may do as many courses as they like during the subscription period. For more information visit http://tiny.cc/eof.  Please see Kathy Kelly Huey for registration information. kkhuey@smmcatholic.org

New Dayton University (VLCFF) online learning for Adults  $20.00 per Course.

The Archdiocese in partnership with the University of Dayton has developed a customized Certificate Program exclusively  for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. This equips catechist and all adults with knowledge, skills, practical tools and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive catechetical ministry .  This program will prove the level of master catechist for those who desire the certification. A special tuition grant brings the cost to $20.00 per course. The cost is normally, $90.00 per course.  Available in English and Spanish. Catechesis Program<http://www.archatl.com/offices/ofd2012/news/docs/2014/VLCFF-Certificate-in-Catechesis-Program.pdf>, or visit http://www.archatl.com/offices/ofd2012/news/2014/fif20141015.html   for detailed information.  The first cohort begins January 2015. Deadline to register is December 19, 2014.   This is a fantastic and affordable way to learn more about your faith even if you never intend to “formally” teach. As Catholics we are all called to “informally” pass on the faith.  Ask Paula Alley, Dawn Ghede, Lynette Crowley or Brandy Hart, a few parishioners who have taken courses, about their online experience. Enjoy!

For more information or to RSVP for Adult Studies please contact Kathy Kelly Huey kkhuey@smmcatholic.org