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Catechist Certification

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.

1. Certification

There are two methods to complete the Catechist Formation through the Archdiocese of the Detroit.

With a Master Catechist – The course is taught through 27 separate foundation topics, each a two-hour session offered in vicariates and parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit. The catechist's participation in all of the 27 topics is necessary for full catechist certification.

Echoes of Faith Plus – This is an alternative delivery system, in which the catechist views DVDs, completes companion booklets, and participates in a small group setting with a facilitator.

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
2. Ongoing Annual Formation Following Advanced 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
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