Phone: 216-696-6525

Toll Free: 1-800-869-6525

Address: 1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

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Catechetical Formation

The mission of catechetical formation is to assist parishes in the teaching of the Gospel message by passing on our faith and traditions.

The Office of Catechetical Formation (OCF) 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 Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

 The OCF:

  • Collaborates with pastors and other clergy in their mission as catechists
  • Assists parish catechetical leaders and school administrators in their development, facilitation and supervision of parish and school faith formation
  • Provides ongoing training for those involved in catechesis in parishes and schools
  • Provides additional catechetical programs and resources for both parishes and schools


Have questions? Contact the Secretariat for Catechetical Formation

Greg Coogan, Secretary for Catechetical Formation
(216) 696-6525 x 3220

Contact Greg Coogan, Secretary for Catechetical Formation

Parish Schools of Religion (PSR)

In the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, the parish school of religion facilitates an encounter with Jesus Christ through the following:

  • Liturgical celebrations and prayer
  • Proclamation of the of Sacred Scripture and Church teaching
  • Preparation for sacraments
  • Development of Christian community
  • Opportunities for Christian service
  • Embracing the richness of Christian cultural diversity

To find out more about your parish school of religion, contact your parish office view our parish locator.

Faith Formation Support

For information about faith formation in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, please contact the catechetical staff serving your area.

Central Urban and Eastern Areas
Gregory Coogan
(216) 696-6525 ext. 3220

Southern Area
Denise Smithberger
(216) 696-6525 ext. 8910

Western Area & Hispanic Parishes
Hortensia Rodriguez
(216) 696-6525 ext. 1028

Central Urban Areas
Laura McBride
216-696-6525 ext. 2880

Religion Certification Processes

The OCF provides processes for religion certification for parish catechists and high school teachers. The religion certification processes provide catechists, teachers and school administrators with a solid foundation in Church teaching, understanding of catechetical methodology and opportunities for deepening their own personal spirituality.

Faith Formation Programs

For information about ongoing faith formation opportunities not listed above, please contact your parish office or a nearby parish.

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