Certification for Religious Educators

Other upcoming dates for Parish Catechists and School Teachers working toward CREDO certification:
  • Saturday, August 10, 9-5 p.m. “Evangelization, Accompaniment, & Discipleship Models for Working with Young People.” For all Parish Catechetical and Youth Ministry Leaders, Priests, Teachers and Volunteers. Time is 9-5 p.m. Cost is $10 and the day will be held at Christ the King in Madisonville. Register by August 2 at owensborodiocese.org/youth-ministry-convocation/ (6 hours toward certification- Methodology, Role of Catechist or partially Theological Reflection.)
  • Saturday, September 21, 9-3 p.m. “Leading Heartfelt Encounters with Christ.” Jared Dees, author, teacher and national presenter, will speak to Catechists, Teachers and Leaders about sharing faith with young people in a manner that will equip you for great encounters! The location is the McRaith Catholic Center and the cost is $20. (See your parish director as many are paying for you to attend.) Lunch and a copy of Jared’s book, “Christ and the Classroom is included for each participant. Please register with Donna at [email protected] (Will fulfill “Role of the Catechist” or provide you with 4 hours toward certification. The updates to Credo will be explained at this training.) Please click here for a flyer.

Catechists are called to continual conversion and growth in their faith and, for this reason, are called to ongoing spiritual formation. The catechist should continue his or her own spiritual formation through frequent reception of the sacraments, especially the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Penance and Reconciliation, through spiritual direction, and through continued study of the faith. The catechist should also be provided with opportunities for spiritual growth such as retreats, conferences, etc. In addition to spiritual formation, the catechist is also in need of pedagogical formation especially as society, teaching methods, and culture change. NDC Ch 8, C

The certification process exists to certify persons in their catechetical ministries to adults, youth or children in the Diocese of Owensboro. This process fosters the acquisition of appropriate applied knowledge and skills, and the continued faith formation of catechists. The Office of Faith Formation assists the Bishop in his responsibility:

“to see to it that catechists are duly prepared to fulfill their tasks correctly, namely, that continuing formation is made available to them, that they acquire a proper knowledge of the Church’s teaching, and that they learn in theory and in practice the norms proper to the pedagogical disciplines.” (Canon 780)

You can read the entire Certification for Religious Educators of the Diocese of Owensboro (CREDO).