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For Catechetical Leaders

August 25, 2014

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Here are some quality resources for catechetical leaders from my friend Tom Quinlan designed to help explore important aspects of catechetical ministry through the lens of evangelization. Equipping Catechetical Leaders to Deliver Evangelizing Faith Formation  

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Catechists: What Do You Look for in a DRE?

June 19, 2014

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I received an email from a friend who is a DRE and he asked if I had ever posted about what catechists look for in a Director of Religious Education. I told him that I had not but what a wonderful idea for a post! So… Catechists: please share a few thoughts about what you […]

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Leland Nagel – Born Into Eternal Life

May 27, 2014

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It is with deep sadness that the catechetical community mourns the passing of Leland Nagel, the Executive Director of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. Just one week ago, hundreds of members of the catechetical community gathered with Lee in St. Louis for the NCCL Conference. This weekend, Lee was visiting his brother’s family and […]

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Online Master of Arts in Religious Education

May 21, 2014

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From time to time, I am asked about opportunities for pursuing a degree in religious education via online study. Recently, I became aware of just such an opportunity through Felician College. Felician Colleage Master of Arts in Religious Education – ONLINE

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Reaching Out to Families – FREE Resources!

November 18, 2013

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One of the greatest challenges that catechetical leaders face is reaching out to parents and families. Loyola Press to the rescue! Here are a number of FREE resources to help you strengthen ties with the parents and families in your parish program. One of the huge benefits of using a program such as Finding God […]

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Parish Religious Education Week

November 5, 2013

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This week is Parish Religious Education Week! Under the auspices of the Religious Education Department, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is inaugurating a Parish Religious Education Week to highlight the important role played by parish-based religious education and faith-formation programs across the country. According to Lori Dahlhoff, director of the Religious Education Department, Parish Religious […]

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Simple Tips for Leading a Simple Prayer

October 18, 2013

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Often, I find myself at a gathering of Catholics (usually catechists and/or catechetical leaders) in which someone has been asked to prepare and lead an opening prayer. All TOO often, however, the prayer experience proceeds in the following manner: The leader stands up and says something like, “OK, so, I thought I would share this nice […]

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The Engaged Catechist: Forming Catechist Enrichment Groups

August 14, 2013

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In his book, Growing An Engaged Church (Gallup Press), Albert L. Winseman explains that, without true engagement, volunteers burn out quickly. He identifies 3 ways to make an immediate impact on the level of engagement of church members: clarify the expectations of membership help your members discover what they do best create small groups I […]

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Calling Forth Catechists – In Article Form

August 14, 2013

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I received a good amount of positive feedback on my posts last week about calling forth (recruiting) catechists. I also received a request to put those posts into article form to make it easier to access in on place and I’m happy to do that! Here ’tis in PDF form! Calling Forth Catechists Article And […]

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Calling Forth Catechists: Approaches

August 8, 2013

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It’s important in your approach to calling people to serve as catechists to be POSITIVE! I’ve seen bulletin announcements that sound so desperate: “We are in dire need of catechists! We keep losing good catechists every year. Without catechists, we may have to cancel our RE program!” Language like that makes it sound like you’re […]

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