Catechist Information

Life Long Adult Faith Formation /Catechist Conference

August 11, 2018 over 1400 catechists from the Archdiocese of Atlanta gathered at the Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, to pray, share, learn and proclaim the Risen Christ. Sessions were offered in Vietnamese, Spanish and English. Eighteen catechists from St. Mary Magdalene attended from RCIA, Adult Faith, Elementary Middle and High school were all represented – here are some comments from a few of them.

“The catechist conference was such an awesome event. It was an opportunity to learn. It gave me an opportunity to put some great ideas into my catechist toolbelt and apply them in my class room. I can’t wait to apply some of the ideas presented.” Faye Ivey -7th grade catechist

“Informative. Good time to share ideas with other Catechist around the Archdiocese. ” Jason Schlup – Youth Group

“I had a great first experience at the Catechist Conference. All of the sessions I chose had awesome, engaging, interactive speakers. I learned something from each session that I can apply to my own life. The vendors that were set up around the conference were very personable and some of them were small businesses. I supported one of the small business vendors with a purchase. The day ended with an amazing Mass lead by Bishop Ned Shlesinger. We got our picture taken with him after mass and also spoke to him for a few minutes. It was a very enlightening day for me. ”  Deidre Heegan – 2nd grade catechist

If you see the following catechists, please thank them for an entire Saturday to learn more about our faith to better feed all of us! Paula Alley, Yvonne Campbell, Dawn, Gehde, Dee Heegan, Faye Ivey, Kathy Kelly-Huey, Jason Schlup, David Smith, Mary Sprague, Bill Valladares, Filomena DeLuca, Kathy Hoffman, Colleen Hagert, Alyce Meadows, Toni Egan, Judy Williams, Adriana Walman.

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