Catechist Formation Grades K-8

“Formation sets as its goal, in the first place, making catechists aware that as baptized persons they are true missionary disciples, meaning active participants in evangelization, and on this basis are enabled by the Church to communicate the Gospel and to accompany and educate believers in the faith.”

Directory for Catechesis, 2020

“The Diocese of Joliet has partnered with the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University of Steubenville to provide a common, normative resource of ongoing formation — called Franciscan at Home — for all who work as catechists in religious education and youth formation programs throughout the diocese. With the Holy Spirit as their most welcomed guest, individual learners, alongside a formation companion or within a small group, engage and interact with workshop content. All learners begin with the course offered in the Foundational Track. Upon its completion, they will then move on to courses in their role-defined Catechist track.”

Catechist Ongoing Formation and Certification – Diocese of Joliet

New Volunteer Compliance for those working with children

Catechists are required to complete 6 hours of formation each RE year. Three of the 6 hours must be completed through Franciscan University, Steubenville. CLICK HERE for directions to set up your account before the first RE class in September.

  • Catechist Book Club
  • Attend Opening Catechist Training Session
  • Catechist Evening of Formation
  • Other Parish Faith Formation options, such as Bible Study, Parish Missions, or TMIY

Faith formation hours can be recorded on the Catechetical Record of Formation Form.  See the resources box on the right to print off forms, including the Catechetical Record of Formation form or Parish Catechist Annual Formation Log to help you keep track of the six on-going formation hours. All forms should be submitted to the RE office no later than May 1.