Recently, I had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Colleen Moore, the Director of the Echo program from the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life. The name “Echo” comes from the Greek word for “catechesis” meaning “to echo into” or “to resound.” The Echo program assists the Church in strengthening faith formation by recruiting highly qualified recent college graduates to earn a master’s degree in theology from the University’s Department of Theology while engaging in a two-year parish apprenticeship or theology teaching position in one of its partner dioceses.
Echo partners with dioceses around the country who agree to host three, four, or five parish apprentices or theology teachers for two years. During that time, the apprentices live together in an intentional faith community while working full-time in parish catechetical ministry or teaching theology. The apprentices spend summers on Notre Dame’s campus, taking courses for their master’s degree in theology, and they spend the academic year serving in their assigned partner diocese.
Thanks Colleen and Echo for preparing a new generation of catechetical leaders!
If your diocese is interested in partnering with Echo, contact Colleen Moore at 574-631-4920 or cmoore(at)nd(dot)edu.