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Parish-based Catechesis Programs:

  • serve over 30,000 parishioners each year;
  • serve about 10,000 students in pre-school - grade 8 catechetical programs taught by over 1,700 catechists;
  • prepare youth for Confirmation;
  • are coordinated by over 100 paid and volunteer parish catechetical leaders;
  • are staffed by over 2,000 dedicated volunteer catechists, all of whom have access to Archdiocesan catechetical certification who provide ongoing faith formation for persons of all ages;
  • include over 100 parishes with adult education programs serving nearly 18,000 adults;
  • include over one-half of all parishes that serve students with special needs via specialized approaches like SPRED groups.

About Catechesis

Faith formation, religious education and catechesis are all terms that describe efforts to teach the Catholic faith in ways that draw all people closer to Jesus and deepen their participation in His Church. Parishes and missions throughout southern and central Indiana strive to provide comprehensive, womb-to-tomb catechetical programs.

The Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis and staff collaborate with parish catechetical leaders well as other lay ecclesial ministers (youth ministers, principals, campus ministers and others) in ensuring that the key components of various faith formation efforts are in place within each ministry. This entails addressing several basic questions with corresponding resources:

  • What am I supposed to teach? (Archdiocesan Curriculum Guidelines:Curriculum Guideline List for Parishes and Schools);
  • What resources should I use to teach? (Books/resources on Conformity Listwith the Catechism of the Catholic Church);
  • How do I know if I’m teaching well? (ACREassessment tool);
  • How can I grow as a catechist? (Catechist Formation and Certification processes).
    • Check out our online certification program "Forming Co-Workers in the Vineyard"HERE

Under the guidance of their pastors, parish catechetical leaders (PCLs) are the key to successful programs. The Secretariat for Worship and Evangelizationalso assists pastors in filling catechetical leadership positions and continues enhancing faith formation throughout the Archdiocese, bringingGod's timeless truths to our 21st Century culture.
 

Contact Us

Ken Ogorek, Director of Catechesis
Archdiocese of Indianapolis
1400 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2367
Local: 317-236-1446
Toll Free: 800-382-9836, ext. 1446
Fax: 317-592-4032
E-mail: kogorek@archindy.org

 

 

 

 

 

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