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Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service Directory

 
   
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Alliance of Organizations with Approved Certification Standards and Procedures
  • Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions
  • National Association for Lay Ministry
  • National Conference for Catechetical Leadership
  • National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Inc.
  • National Association of Pastoral Musicians
Organizations with Approved Certification Standards and Procedures
  • American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association
  • Catholic Campus Ministry Association
  • National Association of Catholic Chaplains
  • National Conference of Veterans Affairs Catholic Chaplains
Arch/Diocesan Offices with Approved Certification Standards and Procedures
  • Office of Catechesis and Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Chicago, IL
  • Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, OH
  • Ministerial Certification, Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, Archdiocese of Detroit, MI
  • Office of Catechesis, Diocese of Lansing, MI
  • Office of Youth Ministry, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, Diocese of Lansing, MI
  • Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Diocese of Lansing, MI
  • Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, TX
  • Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, TX
Arch/Diocesan Offices Preparing for Approval of Certification Standards and Procedures
  • Office of Religious Education, Diocese of Worcester, MA



Alliance of Organizations with Approved Certification Standards and Procedures for Certifying Ecclesial Ministers

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The Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers (or, “the Alliance”) seeks to affirm and promote lay ecclesial ministry in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States.  In October 2011, the former Commission on Certification and Accreditation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/CCA) granted approval of the national certification standards and procedures for a period of seven years.  For information about this collaborative certification process and procedures go to: http://www.lemcertification.org/ or email info@lemcertification.org.

The Alliance is comprised of the following five national Catholic ministry organizations working collaboratively to produce common standards for lay ecclesial ministry and to implement and promote the certification of lay ecclesial ministers:

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions


415 Michigan Avenue, N.E. Suite 70FDLC logo.
Washington, DC 20017-4502
Phone:  202-635-6991
Fax:  202-529-2452
Email:
rita@fdlc.org
Web:
www.fdlc.org

The FDLC was founded in 1969 to promote the liturgical renewal and to provide liturgical catechesis.  It is a national organization composed primarily of members of diocesan liturgical commissions, worship offices, and/or equivalent diocesan structures. These diocesan personnel, appointed by their bishops, have responsibility for the promotion of the liturgical life of their dioceses. The FDLC serves as the official collaborating agent between local churches through these commissions and offices and the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship. As a pastoral and professional organization, the FDLC is committed to assisting the Catholic Church in the United States of America, its hierarchy, their staff, and their parishes.

All dues-paying dioceses in the USA are eligible for membership. In addition, the Federation has associate and industry memberships. The officers of the Board: Rev. Thomas Ranzino, Chair; Mr. Matthew Clark, Vice-Chair; Rev. James Bessert, Treasurer; and Mrs. Rita Ann Thiron, Executive Director.


National Association for Lay Ministry


5401 S. Cornell Avenue, Room 210National Association of Lay Ministry Logo
Chicago, IL 60615
Phone:  773-595-4042
Fax: 73-595-4020
E-mail: nalm@nalm.org
Web: www.nalm.org

The National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM) has approved standards for the certification of coordinators of parish life, pastoral associates, and pastoral ministers. NALM is a professional organization that supports, educates, and advocates for lay ministers, and promotes the development of lay ministry in the church. NALM achieves its mission by providing leadership, voice, and vision for the ongoing development of lay ministry by collaborating with the National Association for Church Personnel Administrators, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, the National Organization for the Continuing Education of the Roman Catholic Clergy, and other national organizations. NALM fosters the professional development and spiritual formation of career and volunteer lay ministers with educational resources, publications, workshops, retreats, speakers, consultation services, and competency-based standards for pastoral ministers, pastoral associates, and parish life coordinators. NALM also provides practical services and resources that support lay ministers through national forums, annual conferences, chapters, and affiliates. In 2003, NALM collaborated with the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in the approval and publication of the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers. NALM's membership consists of men and women who are lay, religious, and ordained who serve the church primarily as pastoral ministers, pastoral associates, directors of ministry formation programs, parish life coordinators, and social ministers. NALM has over 1,200 members.

Officers of the board are Mark Erdosy, Chair; Linda Cunha-Ricchio, Vice Chair; Mark Hoggard, Secretary; and Kathy Barkdull, Treasurer. The Most Rev. John Wester, Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico is the Episcopal Liaison. NALM does not currently have an Executive Director; current contact is the Chair of the Board, Mark Erdosy.

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership


415 Michigan Avenue, NE, Suite #110 Catholic Education
Washington, DC 20017
Phone: 202-756-5512
Fax:  202-756-5519
E-mail: office@nccl.org

The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) has approved standards for the certification of catechetical leaders. NCCL is a member association of 2,300 diocesan, parish, academic, and publishing catechetical leaders dedicated to advancing excellence in catechesis. Professional and associate membership is open to those who meet the appropriate membership criteria and are interested in supporting the mission of the organization. To carry out its mission, NCCL provides resources, national conferences, professional development, information, networking, research, and advocacy for its members and others engaged in catechetical ministry. NCCL members gather on a regular basis in the geographical provinces that make up the Latin and Eastern components of the church. Elected representatives from provinces and affiliated organizations compose the representative council, which along with the board of directors makes up the organization's major governance structures. NCCL grew out of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine movement in the 1930s when diocesan Confraternity for Catholic Doctrine directors first began to meet. NCCL became a separately incorporated organization in 1967. In 2003, NCCL collaborated with the National Association for Lay Ministry and the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in the approval and publication of the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.

The NCCL Officers are Ken Ogorek, Indianapolis, IN, President; Libia Paez Howard, Chicago, IL, Vice-President, Ellie Nelson, Algonquin, IL Secretary; Jayne Mondoy, Honolulu, HI, Treasurer. The At-Large Board Members include Teri Burns, Grand Rapids, MI, Dennis L. Johnson, Jr., Orlando, FL, Richard Drabrik, Dayton, OH, Sara Carey, Knoxville, TN.  The Most Rev. Christopher J. Coyne, Bishop of Burlington, VT, is the Episcopal Moderator. Margaret Matijasevic is the Executive Director.

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Inc


415 Michigan Avenue, N.E., Suite 40 logo
Washington, DC 20017-1518
Phone:  202-636-3825
Fax:  202-526-7544
Email: christinal@nfcym.org
Web:  www.nfcym.org

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Inc. (NFCYM) has approved standards for the certification of youth ministry leaders. NFCYM was founded in 1982 to replace and expand upon the services of the National Catholic Youth Organization and most youth services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Through a diocesan, regional, and national network encompassing the United States and its territories, the federation provides leadership, resources, programs, and networking to foster the ongoing development of ministry to, with, by, and for youth. The federation comprises 175 affiliated dioceses and 70 collaborating organizations from around the country, all ministering to youth as expressed in A Vision of Youth Ministry (1976) and Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry (1997). In 2003, NFCYM collaborated with the National Association for Lay Ministry and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in the approval and publication of the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers. The National Association of Pastoral Musicians adopted this framework in 2006 and the Federation for Diocesan Liturgical Commission signed on in 2009.

Officers of the board are Brigitte Burke, Archdiocese of New Orleans, Chair; Rich Donovan, Archdiocese of Newark, First Vice- Chair, Ted Miles, Catholic Relief Services, Second Vice-Chair and Kent Schmitz, Diocese of St. Cloud, Secretary/Treasurer. The Most Rev. Frank Caggiano, Diocese of Bridgeport is the Episcopal Advisor. Christina Lamas is the Executive Director.

National Association of Pastoral Musicians


962 Wayne Ave., Suite 210logo
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4461
Phone: 240-247-3000
Fax: 240-247-3001
Email: npmsing@npm.org
Web: 
www.npm.org

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) has approved standards and procedures to certify directors of music ministries. NPM is a membership organization composed primarily of musicians, musician-liturgists, clergy, and other leaders of prayer. NPM is devoted to serving the life and mission of the church by fostering the art of musical liturgy in Catholic worshiping communities. The association offers a wide range of programs and services for its members and the pastoral music and liturgy community: a bimonthly magazine, Pastoral Music; a bimonthly newsletter, Pastoral Music Notebook, annual conventions, diverse institutes offering participants short-term intensive professional development experiences; a hotline position-referral service; 70 diocesan chapters throughout the United States and Canada; support networks for distinct practice areas within the pastoral music community; and generous scholarships to assist with financing education and formation for deserving pastoral musicians.

Officers are Ms. Anne Ketzer, Chair; Sr. Kathleen Harmon, SND de N, Ph.D.; Mr. Jeremy Helmes, Vice Chair; Ms. Lena Gokelman; and Ms. Meg Matuska. Dr. Kathleen DeJardin is Chair of the National Certification Committee. Rev. Msgr. Richard B. Hilgartner is the president of NPM, and Mr. Stephen Petrunak is the vice president for operations.

National Organizations with Approved Certification Standards and Procedures for Certifying Ecclesial Ministers


The USCCB Subcommittee has approved the certification standards and procedures of the following professional organizations for specialized ministries.

American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association


logoDeacon John Tomandl, ACCCA President
c/o Auburn Correctional Facility
135 State Street
Auburn, New York 13921
Phone: 315-729-4668    
E-mail: prisondeacon@aol.com
Web:
www.catholiccorrectionalchaplains.org

The American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCCA) has approved standards and procedures to certify correctional chaplains. ACCCA endeavors to influence the corrections and criminal justice system, to develop spirituality within inmates, and to influence the consciences of corrections administrators. Members are a source of communication and support to each other, and share methods of spirituality, training, and ministry programs. National meetings are held in the summer and winter. Meetings in the six regions may be held at any time.

In August 2016, the ACCCA members decided to form an ad hoc a transition team to explore and to create a more broadly based organization for all those who are involved in Catholic criminal justice ministries in the U.S. Church. Plans are underway to reach out to all the stakeholders in this ambitious undertaking such as offices of the USCCB, other Catholic organizations that are engaged in prison ministry, and the many individual chaplains and ministers who would benefit from being networked together.

Officers of the current ACCCA Board through the transition include: Deacon John Tomandl (President); Sister Sheila Richardson (Secretary); Father Richard DeShaies SJ (Treasurer); Father Anthony Bruno (ad-hoc); Paul Rogers (Past President). In addition, Father Richard DeShaies is currently leading the transition team. The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, DC, is the Episcopal Advisor.

Catholic Campus Ministry Association


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330 W. Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45215
Phone: 513-842-0167
Fax: 513-842-0171
E-mail: info@ccmanet.org
Web: www.ccmanet.org

The Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) is a professional campus ministry organization whose mission is to be the voice and promote the mission of the Church among students in higher education by empowering campus ministers through formation, networking and resources. CCMA carries out this mission through educational and networking opportunities at conventions, conferences and special workshops, through its campus ministry directory publication, and brand new website and resources. CCMA has approved standards and procedures to certify campus ministers. Full membership is designed for those currently serving the Church in campus ministry. Associate memberships are available for those interested in supporting this ministry. CCMA hosts its National Convention biennially and its Development Institute annually. CCMA has more than 550 members.

Officers of the Executive Board are: Rev. Christopher LeBlanc, Chair, South Region; Brenda Cannella, At-Large Member; Lianni Castro, Treasurer, West Region; Gordon DeMarais, At-Large Member; Jessica Ellingson, Central Region; Rev. Robert Matya, At-Large Member; Barbara H. McCrabb, Ex-Officio Member; Debra Neely, Southwest Region; Lulu Santana, At-Large Member; Rosie Chinea Shawver, At-Large Member; Jason Simon, At-Large Member; Timothy Taylor, Great Lakes Region. Michael St. Pierre serves as Executive Director. Chrysta Bolinger serves as Director, Member Services and Communications. Rev. Edward Burns serves as Chair of the CCMA Certification Committee.

National Association of Catholic Chaplains


4915 S. Howell Avenue, Suite 501logo
Milwaukee, WI 53207-5939
Phone: 414-483-4898 Ext. 301
Fax: 414-483-6712
E-mail: info@nacc.org
Web: www.nacc.org


The National Association of Catholic Chaplains advocates for the profession of spiritual care and educates, certifies, and supports chaplains, clinical pastoral educators, and all members who continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church. Membership categories include full member, certified chaplain, certified supervisor, professional affiliate, and student affiliate. The NACC has 2,100 members.

Board of Directors: Chair Elect Mary T. O'Neill, D.Min. BCC-S; Chair-Elect/Secretary James P. Letourneau, M.Div, MSW, LCSW, BCC; Treasurer Tim Serban, MA, BCC; Beverly Beltramo, D.Min, BCC, Carolanne Hauck, MA, BCC; Mary Heintzkill, MTS, BCC;  Rev. Michael J. Saxton, M.Div, BCC;   Brian Yanofchick, MBA; Most Rev. Donald Hying, DD Ex-Officio; and David A. Lichter, D.Min, Ex-Officio.

National Conference of Veterans Affairs Catholic chaplains

Rev. Martin D. Smith-Soucier                                                                                                                                                                                          logo
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45239
Phone: 513-475-6871

Fax: 513-475-6871
Email: Martin.Smith-Soucier@va.gov
Web:
www.ncvacc.net

The National Conference of Veterans Affairs Catholic Chaplains (NCVACC) has approved standards and procedures to certify veteran chaplains. NCVACC provides mutual support for members working in the VA Chaplain Service, a forum for the study and development of all phases of VA pastoral care. Any VA Catholic chaplain is eligible for membership. The NCVACC also serves as a corporate body for contact and communication with the national Episcopal advisor and archbishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

Certification of members requires the following: the successful completion of four units of Clinical Pastoral Education with comprehensive evaluation by a certified CPE supervisor from an accredited program; a written statement identifying the candidate's theology of team ministry, sacramental ministry, and ecumenism; evidence of updated theological training, such as seminars, diocesan workshops, and other education programs; adherence to a code of ethics that would protect confidentiality; compliance with government regulations regarding discrimination and equity; and compliance with guidelines to ensure ethical practice by professional staff and candidates. Renewal of certification takes place every five years. Meetings for members are usually held annually. The NCVACC has 86 members.

Officers are Rev. Martin D. Smith-Soucier, President; Rev. Rashid Peter Francis, Vice President; Rev. Joseph B. Westfall, Treasurer; and Rev. Patrick Adejoh, Secretary. Members at Large: Rev. Marcellinus Uwandu, Rev. James M. Connolly, and Rev. Tony K. Mensah. The Most Rev. Richard B. Higgins, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, is the Episcopal Vicar for Veterans Affairs.

 

       Arch/Diocesan Offices with Approved Certification Standards and Procedures for Certifying Ecclesial Ministers


                                                                                                            ILLINOIS

 OFFICE FOR LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTRY - Archdiocese of Chicago

Archdiocese of Chicago
Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry
835 N. Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312-534-5263
Fax: 312-534-9806
Email: cwalters@archchicago.org
Web: www.archchicago.org

The Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry (OLEM) is responsible for the certification of pastoral associates and catechetical leaders serving as directors of religious education, directors of adult faith formation and parish and Catholic high school directors of youth ministry. Previously, the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry (OFCYM) had achieved approval of certification standards and procedures for directors of religious education, directors of adult faith formation and directors of youth ministry. OLEM is working closely with the Institute for Lay Formation at the University of St. Mary of the Lake to provide competency-based formation for these ministers in order to enhance the quality of ministry these women and men share with the people of the Archdiocese. Dr. Carol Walters is the Director of the Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry.


INSTITUTE FOR LAY FORMATION - ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO


Archdiocese of Chicago
Institute for Lay Formation
University of St. Mary of the Lake
100 Maple Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone:  847-837-4550
Email: balexander@usml.edu
            lcouri@usml.edu
Web: usml.edu

The Institute for Lay Formation (ILF) is responsible for the certification of parish and Catholic school coordinators of religious education, coordinators of adult faith formation and parish and Catholic high school coordinators of youth ministry. Previously, the Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry (OFCYM) had achieved approval of certification standards and procedures for coordinators of religious education, coordinators of adult faith formation and coordinators of youth ministry. ILF works closely with OLEM to provide competency-based formation for these ministers in order to enhance the quality of ministry these women and men share with the people of the Archdiocese. Linda Couri is the Director of the Institute for Lay Formation; Bob Alexander is the Associate Director responsible for this program.


                                                                                                              OHIO


Office for Youth evangelization and discipleship - ARCHDIOCESE OF CINCINNATI


100 East Eighth Streetlogo
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2150
Phone: 513-421-3131 ext. 2740
Fax: 513-421-6271
Email: bbursa@catholiccincinnati.org
Web:  www.catholiccincinnati.org/youthmin

The Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship has approved standards and procedures to certify youth ministry leaders and advanced youth ministry leaders in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Mission: We seek the face of Christ in the life of the Catholic Church and bear witness — inviting youth to join on the Way. In pursuit of this mission, the Office trains and certifies lay ecclesial ministers serving as youth ministry leaders. Brad Bursa is the office Director; Rod Dunlap is the Associate Director of Sports Ministry, and Matt Reinkemeyer is the Associate Director of Missionary Outreach.


                                                                                                           MICHIGAN

Ministerial Certification, Office of EVANGELIZATION & CATECHESIS - ARCHDIOCESE OF DETROIT


12 State Streetlogo
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Phone: 313-596-7312
Fax: 313-237-5867
Email: calvin.sean@aod.org
Web: www.aodonline.org

The Office of Ministerial Certification, within the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Schools, is responsible for the professional development and leadership of directors of religious formation/parish catechetical leaders, RCIA coordinators, coordinators of youth ministry, Christian service coordinators, and liturgical music ministers. The Office grants certification to those who extend the above ministries in parishes and who meet the eligibility requirements of the archdiocese and the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service -approved standards and procedures. The Office works closely with the Institute for Ministry at Sacred Heart Major Seminary to provide academic courses and degree programs to prepare lay ecclesial ministers, in addition to providing ministerial core topics focused on various areas of ministry specialization. Sean Calvin is the Associate Director of Ministerial Certification. Bishop Arturo Cepeda is the Director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis, & Schools.

The Ministerial Certification Committee members are Ryan Cahill, Director of Admissions-Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Sean Calvin, Associate Director of Ministerial Certification; Joseph Balistreri, Coordinator of Worship and Music; Bishop Arturo Cepeda, Director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Schools; Susan Cummins, Regional Coordinator of Catechetics; Patty Chase, Regional Coordinator of Catechetics; Leon Dixon, Coordinator of Black Catholic Ministry; Christopher Gawel, Liason for Young Adult/Campus Ministry; Dr. Matthew Gerlack, Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry-Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Michael Hovey, Coordinator of Ecumenical/Interfaith Relations; Joyce Hyttinen, Associate Director of Christian Service and Healthcare Ministry; Nick Jorgensen, Associate Director of Evangelization; Freeda Marable, Administrative Assistant; Sr. Kathleen Matz, CDP, Associate Director of Catechetics; Dan McAfee, Director of Christian Worship; Laura Piccone Hanchon, Associate Director of Youth Ministry; Sr. Georgette Zalewska, Associate Director of Worship.

 

Office of CatechesiS - ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF LANSING


228 N. Walnut Street logo
Lansing, MI 48933-1530
Phone: 517-342-2485
Fax: 517-342-2468
E-mail: damato@dioceseoflansing.org
Web:
http://www.dioceseoflansing.org/Education_Catechesis

The Office of Catechesis has approved standards and procedures to certify parish catechetical leaders. The office collaborates with the Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and the Office of Youth Ministry to ensure consistency of a unified certification processes. The office serves parishes and parish catechetical leaders in their ministry of providing effective faith formation programs for adults, teens, and children. The office also promotes the professional development of religious education, directors of adult education, RCIA directors and other catechetical leaders who provide direction for parish adult education/faith formation programs, parish religious education programs, and Catholic schools. This process includes a detailed orientation to ministry, mentoring by veteran catechetical program leaders, and the promotion of spiritual and academic formation for catechetical ministry leaders. This formation process is based on the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.  

Office of Middle and high school Ministry- DIOCESE OF LANSING


228 N. Walnut Street
Lansing, MI 48933-1530
Phone: 517-342-2584
Fax: 517-342-2468
Email: bflynn@dioceseoflansing.org
Web: www.diocesesoflansing.org

The Office of Middle and High School Ministry has approved standards and procedures to certify coordinators of youth ministry. The office collaborated with the Office of Catechesis and the Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry to ensure consistency of a unified certification process. The mission of the office is to provide leadership training and formation for youth ministry leaders, especially coordinators of youth ministry. This formation process is based on the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers. The office is committed to providing formation, so that youth will be served by competent ministers who are prepared to serve the varied needs of our youth and to minister to and with them. Brian Flynn is the Director of the Office of Middle and High School Ministry.

Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry - Diocese of Lansing


228 N. Walnut Street
Lansing, MI 48933-1530
Phone:  517-342-2530
Fax: 517-342-2512
E-mail: damato@dioceseoflansing.org
Web: www.dioceseoflansing.org

The Diocese of Lansing through the Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry provides certification for Pastoral Associates/Ministers, Catechetical Leaders, Youth Ministers, and Pastoral Coordinators. In collaboration with the Offices of Catechesis and Youth Ministry, a consistent, unified process is provided. Although all are called by virtue of baptism to share in the saving mission of Jesus Christ, some are also called to serve in ecclesial leadership. The office of Lay Ecclesial Ministry provides various formation opportunities which include pastoral and theological study, spiritual direction and reflection, development of pastoral skills, and processes to facilitate integration of the various formation components. The office also provides ongoing formation and professional development for lay ecclesial ministers serving in a variety of ministries.

Deborah Amato is the Director of the office and oversees the certification process.

                                                                                                            TEXAS

Office of Evangelization and catechesis - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston


2403 Holcombe Blvd.logo
Houston, TX 77021
Phone: 713-741-8796
Fax: 713-741-8775
E-mail: jblevins@archgh.org
Web:
www.archgh.org/oec

The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis has received initial approval of their certification standards and procedures to certify Parish Catechetical Leaders. Those leaders who have completed Basic Formation for Catechetical Leadership/Formación Básica para Líderazgo Catequético or an equivalent, have practical experience in catechetical leadership, and have full Catechist Certification or its equivalent, are candidates for this certification. Those called to this ministry who desire continuing formation in a program designed specifically for professional Parish Catechetical Leaders are strongly encouraged to attend the archdiocesan Catechetical Leadership Institute. This Institute consists of two years of formation within which participants develop the following: an understanding of the code of ethics for professional catechetical ministers; the necessary skills to minister in an inclusive, intercultural church and diocese; knowledge of how to apply catechetical leadership skills through an active process which includes prayer, reflection, fellowship, and networking with other catechetical leaders; the experience of being mentored; and participation in a practicum process each year. The Archdiocese is committed to the formation of catechetical leaders and is responding to a two-fold call: a national call for competent parish catechetical leaders and a local call from the catechetical leaders to be recognized through meeting national standards and all certification requirements of the archdiocese.

Julie Blevins is the Director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. Gerardo Salazar is the Associate Director responsible for formation programs for Parish Catechetical Leaders in Galveston-Houston's Spanish speaking communities and Deborah Jones is responsible for formation programs in the English speaking communities. She also oversees the certification process of parish catechetical leaders.

                            Arch/Diocesan Offices Preparing for Approval of Certification Standards and Procedures

 
                                                                                                  MASSACHUSETTS

Office of Religions Education  - Diocese of Worcester


49 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609-2514

Phone: 508-929-4306
Fax: 508-753-7180
Email: emarcil@worcesterdiocese.org
Web: www.worcesterdiocese.org


The Office of Religious Education is seeking initial approval for certification standards and procedures for parish DRE's, CRE's, and ARE's and is committed to the recognition and professional development of parish catechetical leaders. The office worked closely with Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA in the development of its MA in Pastoral Ministry and continues to partner with the college. The office partners with the University of Dayton VLCFF program and also offers courses on the local level to encourage the certification of ARE's and CRE's. Ms. Elizabeth A. Marcil is the Director of the Office of Religious Education and oversees the standards and procedures for the certification of Parish Catechetical Leaders in the Diocese of Worcester. Ms. Barbara Ramian, Associate Director of the Office of Religious Education administers the process.


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