Advanced Catechist Certification in the Archdiocese of Detroit is a two-part process that can be completed at three different levels—initial, intermediate or advanced. It is intended for catechists in parish programs such as adult faith formation, youth ministry and K-8 or for those in Catholic grade schools. Note: this certification is NOT for Catholic High School Religion Teachers.
“Since effective catechesis depends on virtuous and skilled catechists, their ongoing formation should enhance the human, spiritual, and apostolic qualities and catechetical skills they bring to their ministry…Since catechists nurture the faith that was implanted by the Holy Spirit in those being catechized, their formation should include training in catechetical methodology. Catechists do not merely instruct their students about Christ; they lead them to Him.” (National Directory for Catechesis, 55.E)
Steps for Advanced Catechist Certification
These steps are for Advanced Catechist Certification. To get started, please contact your parish.
Internship - Pastoral care and guidance from a superior:
- Observing experienced catechists
- Studying the curriculum/scope and sequence
- Being observed by a supervisor
- Becoming familiar with resources
- Reflecting with a supervisor
- Participating in a retreat or day of reflection
Ongoing Annual Formation Following Certification:
Faith development is a lifelong process through which we continue to come to a deeper understanding of our life in Christ. A call to the ministry of catechetics also necessitates ongoing formation and continual skills development.
Therefore, once catechists have achieved Advanced Certification, they consistently participate in ongoing formation opportunities that foster faith growth and expertise in the Church's catechetical mission.
From the Archdiocesan Catechetical Policy #7:
"After achieving advanced catechist certification and in order to maintain certification, a catechist is responsible for ongoing formation approved by the Parish Catechetical Leader or Adult Faith Formation Coordinator."
Ongoing formation constitutes any opportunity that:
- Enhances the catechist's catechetical skills
- Enriches the ministry of the catechist
- Deepens the catechist's understanding of the Catholic faith
- Nurtures the catechist's personal faith life
- Supports principles that foster ongoing growth and adult learning