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Order the new General Directory for Catechesis

The new Directory for Catechesis. . . lays the how-to guidelines for catechesis and presents universal norms to guide pastors and catechists in the work of evangelization and affirms the presentation of the Catholic faith articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a sound point of reference for instruction while drawing deeply from Scripture and the writings of recent popes, especially Pope Francis’s 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. . . (The Joy of the Gospel).

These guidelines are important for bishops for use in their local dioceses and will also be indispensable for those responsible for formal religious instruction, including pastors and parish priests, deacons, lay and religious catechists, and religious education teachers in parishes and schools. Furthermore, the Directory will aid directors of formation who train the faithful in the forms and means of catechesis, including seminary rectors, directors of formation for the permanent diaconate, and lay ecclesial minster formation program directors. The Directory is available here.


Vibrant Faith Catalyst 

Vibrant Faith Catalyst is for Christian leaders committed to transforming the way we envision and design faith formation for all ages in the 21st century. Join a community of Christian leaders who will support, encourage, and challenge each other to provide vital and vibrant faith formation in their churches. 

Practical knowledge and skills for developing faith formation for all ages and generations today!

2020 Vibrant Faith Institute Courses

New Format, New Design, New Courses

Our new four-week format for all courses makes it easier
for busy ministry leaders to participate.
All courses are online and include two live sessions with the instructor and two self-paced study sessions (You will need access to high-speed internet and a computer, laptop, or tablet with audio and a video camera for the Live Sessions. 
All courses are developed around a similar four week format:
  1. Week 1: Live Presentation by the course instructor (90 minutes at 12 noon ET)
  2. Week 2: Self-Paced Online Study and interaction with course participants 
  3. Week 3: Self-Paced Online Study and interaction with course participants 
  4. Week 4: Live Discussion with the course instructor to apply your learning offered at 12 noon ET and 7 pm ET to make it easier to participate (60 minutes) 
All courses are taught by national leaders in Christian faith formation who are experienced educators, authors, consultants, and program designers.
All courses are $150 plus books. There is a $100 discount for registering for all three Foundational courses at the same time ($350 for all three).

New 2020 Courses begin in February

Faith Formation Foundational Courses
  • Foundations of Lifelong Faith Formation (February & August)
  • Developing Lifelong Faith Formation (March & October)
  • Leadership for Lifelong Faith Formation (May & November)
Faith Formation Practices Courses
  • Adult Faith Formation Practices and Approaches (February & November)
  • Intergenerational Faith Formation Practices and Approaches (March & October)
  • Family Faith Formation Practices and Approaches (May & November)
  • Children’s Faith Formation Practices and Approaches (April & August)
  • Adolescent Faith Formation Practices and Approaches (April & August)
Faith Formation Topical Courses 
  • Faith Formation in a Digital Age (February & October)
  • Milestones Faith Formation (March)
  • Pathways to Faith Maturity (May)
  • Using Visual Faith in Your Ministry (June)
  • Working with Teams as a Leader (June)

Register online today at

Download the 2020 Course Catalog & Calendar

Receive a Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation
You can receive a Certificate in Lifelong Faith Formation by completing:
  •  All of the Foundational Courses: Foundations of Lifelong Faith FormationDeveloping Lifelong Faith Formation, and Leadership for Lifelong Faith Formation
  • Three of the Practice and Design CoursesFamily Faith Formation, Intergenerational Faith Formation, and one of the life stage courses - Children or Adolescent or Adult Faith Formation   
  • Participation in the Live Presentation and Live Application Discussion for each course. 
  •  Online interaction with the participants and instructor during each course. 
  •  The required reading for each course (one book per course)
  • The required project for each course (a practical project design that applies the course to your church)
Receive Continuing Education Units
Vibrant Faith awards one CEU (continuing education unit) to signify successful completion of each course which includes participation in the Live Presentation and Live Application Discussion, the required reading (one book), online interaction, and the course project (a practical project design that applies the course to your church). 
The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a unit that certifies participation in non-credit continuing education courses and programs. The primary purpose of the CEU is to provide a permanent record of educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed one or more significant educational experiences. Vibrant Faith follows the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) guidelines for the recording of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). One CEU is 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience. 
For questions or more information contact John Roberto,
VFI Coordinator at . 

The Diocese of Dallas is partnering with                 Augustine Institute to bring you


For More Information

Please contact Kevin Prevou, Associate Director of Adult Faith Formation, at (214) 379-2848 or




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World Refugee Day offers opportunity for Adult Formation

World Refugee Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

According to the 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee is one who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.” The Catholic Church has for decades taken seriously the plight of these vulnerable refugees and through advocacy, education efforts, and service provision sought to provide increased protections for them.

These efforts take place on the international level through the hard work of Catholic organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Jesuit Relief Service, who provide support in camps and communities across the world to refugees. It takes place domestically, here in the United States, through Catholic Charities and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Both organizations advocate for further protections and provide support for newly arriving refugees.

Please download and use the World Refugee Day 2018 Toolkit from the USCCB for use in your parishes and local community! This is an opportunity in our parishes to "Be Golden"