Curriculum Guidelines

We've made some changes to our curriculum. The content is the same, but the format is different. Here are two resources to help you use this tool!

Why we changed from 4-sections to 6-sections: Click here

How to use the 6-section format: Click here

Parish Religion

Format: 6 Tasks of Catechesis / 6 ACRE Domains (newer format)

Format: 4 Pillars of the Catechism (older format)

School Religion

Format: 6 Tasks of Catechesis / 6 ACRE Domains (newer format)

Format: 4 Pillars of the Catechism (older format)


Religion Curriculum - Spanish Translation
Directrices de Religión - Traducidas al Español

Copyright Information

Copyright 2002, Corp. and Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Credits & Acknowledgements

The Office of Catholic Education would like to acknowledge the many persons in parishes, schools and at the Archdiocesan pastoral center who helped to create this Millennium Edition of the Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum. Special credit is due to the all those who have served on the Religion Subject Area Committee during the past 10 years. Their efforts created the foundation for this revised edition and made our task an easier one.

Thanks to all who contributed to this Millennium edition:

The members and officers of the Archdiocesan Council for Educational Excellence who continually inspired us and helped us to keep us on track.

Sr. Michelle Faltus, who helped to coordinate this project
before leaving for her new position in the Diocese of Omaha, NE.

The members of the 1999-2000 Religion Subject Area committee:
Shirley Dreyer, DRE, St. Jude Church, Indianapolis, IN
Harry J. Dudley, Associate Executive Director, Faith Formation
Fr. Stephen Giannini, Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Terre Haute, IN
Sr. Mary Emma Jochum, OSB, DRE, St. Paul Church, Tell City, IN
Paula Howard, Teacher, Our Lady of Greenwood School, Greenwood, IN

Our readers and reviewers:
Carmen Eliasson, St. Mark School, Indianapolis, IN
Sr. Kathleen Karbowski, Holy Angels School, Indianapolis, IN
Dick Powell, Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis IN
Theresa Stevason, St. Rose of Lima School, Franklin, IN
The faculties of St Jude Elementary School, Indianapolis,IN; Our Lady of Greenwood Elementary School, Greenwood, IN; and Roncalli High School, Indianapolis, IN who reviewed Appendix #3 and who suggested helpful resources for Appendix #5.
Fr. Daniel J. Mahan, Censor Librorum and pastor, St. Luke's, Indianapolis

The Staff at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, O'Meara Catholic Center who reviewed the document from different perspectives including:
David Bethuram, Executive Director, Office of Youth and Family Ministries,
who reviewed the Family and Parish Partnership section.
Fr. Joseph Folzenlogen, S.J., Coordinator, Archdiocesan Evangelization Commission who reviewed the whole document to check for the perspective of Evangelization.
Charles Gardner, Secretary for Spiritual Life And Worship,
who reviewed the sections on prayer and worship.
Eve Jackson and Margaret Hendricks of the Archdiocesan sponsored Promise to Keep Program , who offered resources for Appendix #5.

Our editors:
Bill Bruns, Secretary for Communications, Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Karen Oddi, Associate Director, Faith Formation, Archdiocese of Indianapolis

The support staff who typed and helped prepare this document for production:
Margaret Otte, Office Manager, Office of Catholic Education
Jeanette Hall, Administrative Assistant, Office of Catholic Education
Patricia Dudley, Typist Office of Catholic Education

Scripture quotations contained herein are adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Copyright 1946, 1952, 1971, and the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Copyright 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved.

Mission Statement

We, the Church in central and southern Indiana, called to faith and salvation in Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic tradition, strive to live the Gospel by:

  • workshop God in word and sacrament
  • learning, teaching, and sharing our faith
  • serving human needs

We commit ourselves to generosity and to the responsibility of our spiritual and material resources.

Letter from Archbishop Emeritus Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB (dated 2001)

February 2001

Dear Administrators, Teachers and Catechists:

The Second Vatican Council's document, Christus Dominus, (Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church) points out that the goal of all catechetical efforts is to make a person's faith living, conscious and active through the light of instruction.

Our Catholic schools and religious education programs embrace a multiple challenge. We need to focus on: 1) praying and acknowledging our dependence upon God 2) living lives of integrity 3) respecting the dignity of life 4) loving our Church 5) valuing the primacy of the Eucharist and 6) considering the call to priesthood, religious life and teaching ministry.

Having reviewed the revisions made to the Millennium Edition of the Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum, I wish to thank the review committee. I am grateful to them for building on the strengths of the previous edition and adding greater emphasis on Catholic Social Teaching, Vocations, Stewardship and Evangelization. The addition of the appendices developed by the committee should also help to strengthen the parish and family partnership in the formation of our youth and facilitate use of this revised curriculum.

I am asking every teacher and catechist in the Catholic elementary and secondary schools and parish religious education programs within the Archdiocese to use this Religion Curriculum. In conjunction with this curriculum, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the General Directory for Catechesis should be used as basic references. Both these documents give us an extraordinary opportunity to renew our efforts in catechesis and the important work of proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.

May this new Millennium Edition be an instrument for us all as we continue our Journey of Hope 2001 to "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," teaching them to observe all that Jesus commanded.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB
Archbishop of Indianapolis

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