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).