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Parish Catechist Certification

Catechists are called to continual conversion and growth in their faith and, for this reason, are called to ongoing spiritual formation. (National Directory for Catechesis, 55 C).

As a sign of fidelity to the Church’s mission of evangelization, the Office of Catechetical Formation and Education of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland strives to promote and support a comprehensive Catholic formation program for the ministry of catechesis.


Catechists do not merely instruct their students about Christ: they lead them to him (National Directory for Catechesis, 55 E).

The Office of Catechetical Formation and Education provides programs, policies, policies and processes for the training and certification of parish catechists. This formation focuses upon the responsibilities connected to catechetical ministry in the parish setting, especially:

  • Assist catechists in developing an understanding of the nature and goals of catechesis
  • Familiarize catechists with the resources available to them
  • Assist catechists to be models and witnesses to the Catholic Faith
  • Provide catechists with a thorough formation in the knowledge and understanding of the Catholic Faith as well as its practice
  • Guide catechists to an ever-deeper practice of prayer as well as an on-going study of Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
  • Assist catechists in the maturation of their human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral aspects.

The Parish Catechist Certification Process in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland exists in three stages: Basic, Advanced and Master.

All catechists ministering in parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland are required to hold or be working towards Basic Certification. Parish catechists are strongly urged to seek higher levels of certification.

For more information on Parish Catechist Certification contact your Parish Catechetical Leader.

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