Lifelong Catechesis

In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19)….The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized. Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God's saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are "disciples" and "missionaries", but rather that we are always "missionary disciples". (Evangellii Gaudium, 119)


Evangelization, Catechesis, and Family Life

Pope Francis has reminded us that every Christian, right here and now, is called to missionary discipleship!  What this means is that our Catholic communities have to be vibrant places where each person can encounter Jesus Christ, where faith stories are shared freely, where outreach to the poor and marginalized is the norm, where the community meets regularly to break open the Word and receive Jesus, and where faith formation begins from birth and continues throughout our lives in both formal and informal ways.
The Office of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Family Life is committed to lifelong catechesis which includes all catechetical formation and sacramental preparation and accompaniment.  The way that we live this out can be found in our purpose, vision, core values and mission:

Purpose:  To nourish catechetical leaders through encounters with Jesus Christ in the Gospel today.

Vision: To accompany catechetical leaders in the continual formation of disciples across generations and cultures.

Core Values:

  • Encounter
  • Collaboration
  • Accompaniment

Mission:  Collaborate with catechetical leaders to discover innovative methods for families and adults to live an explicit and fruitful Catholic faith.

Catechetical Services Strategic Plan 2019-2022