Grow as a Catechist This Summer with Accessible, Practical, and Affordable Formation

Catechetical Formation Series by Loyola Press

With summer almost upon us, it is a good time to think about what we can do as catechists to find enrichment and renewal that will help us to deepen our faith. Summer is also a great time for new catechists to prepare for this exciting venture!

Too often, catechist formation is either impractical (doesn’t speak to actual needs), inaccessible (difficult to attend or to fit into one’s calendar), or expensive (costs too much). In response to all of those problems, I have developed for Loyola Press a catechist formation opportunity that is practical (speaks to real needs of catechists), accessible (participation in learning sessions from home), and affordable (respects limited budgets): the Catechetical Formation Series.

The Catechetical Formation Series consists of 10 online sessions, each 45–60 minutes.

  • Learning Session 1: Getting Started and Getting to Know Your Learners
  • Learning Session 2: The Catechetical Process
  • Learning Session 3: Prayer and Leading Prayer
  • Learning Session 4: Facilitation Skills and Handling Difficult Situations
  • Learning Session 5: What We Believe—The Creed
  • Learning Session 6: What We Believe—The Sacraments
  • Learning Session 7: What We Believe—The Moral Life
  • Learning Session 8: What We Believe—Prayer
  • Learning Session 9: Understanding God’s Word—Scripture
  • Learning Session 10: The Person of the Catechist

In addition to the content, each learning session is enhanced by a downloadable worksheet with questions to review information and initiate meaningful discussions on topics covered. These worksheets can be submitted to parish catechetical leaders, who will work with diocesan directors to determine the extent to which participation can be applied to local catechist certification requirements. Likewise, diocesan directors can utilize the worksheets to facilitate additional or expanded sessions to synthesize the learning that takes place.

Upon completion of each session in the series, participants watching individually will receive a certificate of completion.

The Catechetical Formation Series can be purchased and experienced as an individual for only $24.99 or as a parish or school for $199.99. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn and grow as a catechist!

About Joe Paprocki 2742 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


  1. If I subscribe, do I have continued access to the online sessions so I can view them more than one time or refresh the information as needed?

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