Recently on Catechist’s Journey, we invited readers to participate in a poll indicating their preferences for catechist formation formats (reading a book, watching a video, attending a workshop or class, or online). Thanks to the many who responded! It is interesting to note how 22% (as of 3/12/2020) of those responding indicated a preference for online learning. And with the coronavirus keeping many of us at home, the option of online learning is helpful.
With that in mind, Loyola Press is proud to announce a new online Catechetical Formation Series! The Catechetical Formation Series consists of 10 learning sessions that are accompanied by downloadable documents that invite catechists to apply concepts learned in the sessions to their ministry experience. Together with my co-presenter and Loyola Press colleague, Deirdre Mullane, we will facilitate meaningful formation experiences for catechists in the areas of Being, Knowing, and Doing. The Catechetical Formation Series will draw from my popular Toolbox Series and will assist catechists in acquiring the basic knowledge and skills needed to serve effectively as catechists and to engage people of all ages in faith formation that is truly evangelizing.
The series can be viewed on an individual basis or in a group setting. Additionally, catechetical leaders can have their catechists complete and submit the downloadable document for assessment. The learning sessions in this formation series can be used to train new catechists and provide a refresher training for veteran catechists. Here are the 10 topics:
- Learning Session 1: Getting Started & Getting to Know Your Learners (DOING)
- Learning Session 2: The Catechetical Process (DOING)
- Learning Session 3: Prayer and Leading Prayer (DOING)
- Learning Session 4: Facilitation Skills and Handling Difficult Situations (DOING)
- Learning Session 5: What We Believe—The Creed (KNOWING)
- Learning Session 6: What We Believe—The Sacraments (KNOWING)
- Learning Session 7: What We Believe—The Moral Life (KNOWING)
- Learning Session 8: What We Believe—Prayer (KNOWING)
- Learning Session 9: Understanding God’s Word—Scripture (KNOWING)
- Learning Session 10: The Person of the Catechist (BEING)
To access the Catechetical Formation Series, go to www.loyolapress.com/catecheticalformationseries.
With everyone “staying in place” this is a great opportunity for the usually over busy catechist to hone up on their skills and take advantage of this.
Thanks, Mac! Be sure to le me know how folks use this and respond to it!
This is awesome, Thank you so much
Thanks, Renee! Be sure to let me know how you end up using it!
Is this available in Spanish for my Spanish speaking catechists?
Hi Eva and thanks for your question. We do not yet have this available in Spanish. We’re going to launch the English little by little and work out the kinks and see how people respond and what they need. My hope is that a Spanish version will become available thereafter. Please keep in touch!
Once am done with this course,how will I prove that I did such an online course.a letter from you will do if no certificate.here in Kenya you must show an evidence that you once did a course in catechisis to be allowed to be a facilitator.
Hi Patrick! Each session has a downloadable PDF for you to take notes and answer reflection questions as well as to fill out a verification form that you can submit to your parish or diocese for proof of your completion of the sessions.
Hi Joe, I also wanted to give a shout-out to the CatechismClass.com Catechist Training Program with lessons on a variety of topics to empower catechists to answer the questions today’s Catholics often grapple with.
Hi I would like to start the on line formation classes as soon as possible
Hi Irma! You can get started by clicking here: https://store.loyolapress.com/catechetical-formation-series-individuals