Certification for Religious Educators

Summer 2019 CREDO Certification Training

Tuesday, June 18**               8-12 p.m.
I Believe/We Believe              Paducah, St. Thomas More- St. John Paul II Room

Wed., June 19**                     8-12 p.m.
I Believe/We believe               Madisonville, Christ the King Parish Hall

Saturday, June 29*                8-12 p.m.
Church History                       Immaculate Parish, Owensboro

Tuesday, July 9**                   8-12 p.m.
I Believe/We Believe              Bowling Green, St. Joseph Parish Hall

Thursday, July 11**               8-12 p.m.
I Believe/We Believe              Owensboro, McRaith Catholic Center, lower level

Training Session are free, but you must preregister. If you have trainings you would like to see offered, contact Jeff Andrini, Director of the Office of Faith Formation, 270-683-1545 or [email protected].

*RSVP to Diane Willis at [email protected]. The location will be Immaculate Parish located at 2516 Christie Place, Owensboro.

**RSVP to Donna Biggs at [email protected]. The location is mentioned above and if we do not have at least four participants, the session will be cancelled, so please be sure to RSVP so we have your email address.

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.)

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).