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Catechist Formation

Men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds are called to share in the Church’s catechetical mission. Most are volunteers. They bring a wide variety of talents and abilities to their task. They have widely divergent levels of experience and competence in catechesis. 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. (National Directory of Catechesis, 55A)
Diocesan Program - Pathways

The Diocese of Richmond takes seriously the need expressed by the Catholic Church to sufficiently train and support her catechists by offering a catechist training program called Pathways. All parish catechists in our diocese are required to attend this one-day, instructor-led, interactive program of prayer, learning and reflection. This training is for all who hand on the faith to adults, youth and children in our parishes. Also, all new Catholic School Teachers of Religion are asked to participate in Session One of the Pathways training day during their first year of teaching in the Richmond Diocesan Schools.

What Is Pathways ?

Pathways is a full day of learning. All curriculum materials are provided to the catechists for use during the training and for continued study and reflection at home.

The day begins at 8:30 am with registration, concludes around 4 pm and includes:

  • Session One: Vocation of the Catechist and Scripture & Creed
  • Lunch (included in registration)
  • Session Two: Methodology for the age you catechize; Adult, Youth or Child.

After completing a day of Pathways, parish catechists are certified in accordance with Called to Be Disciples. A certificate will be mailed to the catechist’s catechetical leader.

Pathways Ongoing Catechist Formation

 Ongoing learning of three hours each year maintains certification. See Ongoing Catechist Formation

Catechists who have completed the Diocesan Pathways: Vocation, Scripture/Creed and Methods formation session should pursue Pathways Ongoing Catechist Formation. Each calendar year following the completion of the initial Diocesan-presented Pathways Workshop, a minimum of three hours of approved catechist formation is expected of all active parish Catechists..