Resources for Adult Catechesis

General Directory for Catechesis (1998) (GDC)
The basis of faith formation from cradle to grave. Sections 85-86 give us the six tasks of catechesis which provide the strands for the Elementary Religious Education Curriculum.

On Good Soil
On Good Soil is the foundation of the Canadian Bishops adult faith formation program. From the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis: “This website is a result of consultation between the members of the Canadian Bishops Episcopal Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis, diocesan directors of faith formation and facilitators of adult formation from across Canada. It is our hope that this site will become a meeting place for those involved in adult faith formation – a place where we can exchange ideas, share resources and support each other in our ministry. If you have material you wish to share with others, or can recommend sites to which we can link, please send these along to the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis.”

Build Bethlehem Everywhere
The Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association presented the sixth printing of this timeless Statement on Catholic Education in 2011. Build Bethlehem Everywhere was first published in 2002 and has since become a well-respected resource for Catholic educators across North America.

What makes a school Catholic? What are the characteristics of a Catholic school graduate? It is our hope that you will find the answers to these questions and more within these pages.

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

The presence of the Catholic Church in the United States reaches back to the founding days of our country through the leadership of Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States. His story, like other stories at the start of the chapters in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, gives us a glimpse into the lives of Catholics who lived out their faith throughout our country’s history. Each chapter in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults includes stories, doctrine, reflections, quotations, discussion questions, and prayers to lead the reader to a deepening faith. The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults is an excellent resource for preparation of catechumens in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and for ongoing catechesis of adults. The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults is an aid and a guide for individuals and small groups to deepen their faith. To order a hard copy click go to the USCCB site.



Fr. Ron Rolheiser
Fr. Ron Rolheiser has hundreds of his weekly columns archived on his website.  For more about Fr. Ron see his website. See also Fr. Ron Rolheiser on video.

Joe Paprocki: The Catechist’s Journey

Joe Paprocki, D.Min., has been a catechetical leader and religious educator in the Chicago area for more than 30 years. His books include “Living the Mass,” “The Bible Blueprint,” “The Catechist’s Toolbox,” and “A Well-Built Faith.” He is the National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press in Chicago. Joe blogs about his work as a catechist at Catechist’s Journey.

Sr. Janet Schaeffler

Sr. Janet Schaeffler OP has an informative website packed with resources for Adult Faith Formation. While most of these are related to parish situations, many of these resources are also adaptable to teacher faith formation.

Archdiocese of Toronto : Office of Formation for Discipleship

Archdiocese of Vancouver Adult Faith Formation Resources

Archdiocese of New York Catechist Helps and Resources

Vatican The International Council for Catechesis (COINCAT)Adult Catechesis in the Christian Community

Address of Pope Francis to Catechists

Renfrew County Catholic District School Board Adult Faith

We Who Believe: Growing in Adult Faith
(EOCCC resource contains twenty-three 10-minute adult faith modules for staff reflection throughout the year)

York Catholic District School Board Faith Ambassador Handbook

Faith Ambassadors work to improve the spiritual climate among the adults in schools and at the Catholic Education Centre through local activities and in partnership with local schools. They are provided with financial, administrative and spiritual resources in their projects. Faith Ambassador Committees consist of school Faith Ambassadors from schools including and associated with the local high school. Each committee is supported by members of the YCDSB Religious Education and Family Life Education Team.

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