Helping Catechetical Leaders to Be More Effective

The Effective Catechetical Leader series

One of the most powerful lines in the General Directory for Catechesis can be found in paragraph 234: “the quality of any form of pastoral activity is placed at risk if it does not rely on truly competent and trained personnel.” Unfortunately, because of inadequate funding and lack of human resources at the diocesan level, catechetical leaders too often go without the training and formation that they need and deserve.

To remedy this situation, Loyola Press has teamed with the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership to produce The Effective Catechetical Leader series: a set of six books (also available in Spanish) written by some of the top catechetical leaders in the country and which provide the practical skills, strategies, and approaches that ensure effective catechetical leadership. I had the privilege of not only writing one of the six books, but also serving as the General Editor for the entire series.

Here is a brief video overview of The Effective Catechetical Leader series as I presented it to diocesan catechetical leaders at a recent NCCL conference:

About Joe Paprocki 2746 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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