On behalf of Frank O’Linn, the Interim Secretary for Catechetical Formation and Education, and Patty Patterson, the Director of Catechesis and Professional Development, welcome to the Office of Catechetical Formation and Education (OCFE) homepage for Parish Catechists!
OCFE is the means by which the Bishop of Cleveland as Pastor of the Local Church and Teacher of the Faith directs and moderates all the catechetical activities of the Diocese of Cleveland. It collaborates with pastors and other clergy in their mission as catechists, assists parish catechetical leaders in their supervision of parish faith formation, provides ongoing training for catechesis, and provides additional programs and resources to assist parish catechetical programs.
Catechesis is a primary evangelical task through which the Catholic Church proclaims the Gospel to the People of God. Blessed John Paul II stated in his groundbreaking apostolic exhortation Catechesi Tradendae, “The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ” (CT, 5). Through catechesis the Church echoes and teaches the Word of God, passing on the faith and tradition she has received to adults, youth, and children.
OCFE is committed to principles of mature faith development, dynamic Catholic orthodoxy, and stewardship of our material and spiritual resources. As the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council expressed in the dogmatic constitution Lumen Gentium, God’s plan is “to raise men to a participation in the divine life” (LG, 2). Therefore, our primary goal is the mission of the Church: to evangelize. The teachings of the Catholic Church, as contained in Scripture and Tradition, defined by the general councils and presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, are the content and foundation of our catechetical mission. The General Directory for Catechesis and the National Directory for Catechesis guide our methodology and programming. While ever faithful to our common Catholic identity, we strive to be sensitive to the variety of spiritualities and cultural expressions of the people we serve. OCFE seeks to prepare catechists who will share in this zeal to build up the Kingdom of God in fidelity to the Magisterium, the Bishop of Cleveland, and the Sovereign Pontiff and all bishops in communion with him.
May our holy patron St. John the Evangelist guide you in your ministry of the Word.