Friday, November 13, 2009

Congress Keynote - Dr. Adele Gonzalez

Here is a copy of Dr. Adele Gonzalez's keynote talk at the Religious Education Congress (November 7, 2009):

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Online Advent Workshop from Boston College

A heads up to our Network Members and Friends…. this upcoming Advent workshop is ideal for individual or group reflection.
Cost is only $15 for Network Members; $35 for all other participants. Don't miss this seasonal opportunity for reflection!

C21 Resources Workshop
2 weeks, Nov 30– Dec 11, 2009

Fee includes 24/7 access to workshop while in session and free copy of C21 Resources publication
This workshop provides guided discussion around the popular issue of C21 Resources, "Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures," a free publication of the university's Church in the 21st Century Center. The publication contains approximately 15 short, informative articles centered on Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection, and are reprinted from a variety of journals such as America, The Bible Today, and Chicago Studies. The publication is edited by Fr. Daniel Harrington, S.J. and Dr. Christopher Matthews, and is ideal for the busy person who wants quality material in short segments. Learn more at:

Workshop Topics:
Week 1- Encountering Jesus in His Birth and Ministry
Spiritual Practice: focus on lection divina
Week 2- Encountering Jesus in His Death and Resurrection
Spiritual Practice: focus on contemplation of the Gospels

Register Today at:

C21 Online workshop highlights:
• Guided discussion in online faith sharing group
• No special software or technical skills required
• Log on at your convenience, 24/7, no set time to be online!

If you have further questions or need additional information, feel free to contact : Dr. Barbara Radtke at barbara.radtke.1, or at 617-552-6501.

Free Advent Webinar

Advent Webinar is Days Away!
by Joe on November 12, 2009
My free Advent Webinar is just days away (Nov. 18)! Be sure to register soon!

Facilitator: Joe Paprocki, DMinBrought to you by Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry
Wednesday, November 18, 20097:15 – 8:15 pm (CST)
Advent begins on Sunday, November 29, 2009—are you ready?
Joe Paprocki, National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press and veteran catechist, invites catechists, religion teachers, and RCIA leaders to join him in this Webinar that explores how to create engaging advent-themed faith-formation activities drawn from the Sunday Scripture Readings of Cycle C (the Gospel of Luke). Joe will take us through the readings for this Advent season, explore the theme for each week, and share some unique ways you can develop the theme into activities that inspire children, youth, and adults to enter more deeply into the beauty and holiness of Advent.
In the days following the Webinar, Joe will offer additional Advent-related activities on his blog, Catechist’s Journey. If you are unable to attend the Webinar, you may view the video on Joe’s blog. It will be posted the week following the Webinar.
This free Webinar is led by Joe Paprocki, an 8th-grade catechist in the Archdiocese of Chicago with over 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry. Joe, National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, is the author of numerous books including the best-selling The Catechist’s Toolbox and A Well-Built Faith, as well as the host of the blog Catechist’s Journey.
Register for this free Webinar today by clicking here.
If you have additional questions about the Webinar, please contact Carrie Freyer at

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Certificate in Catechesis

Just imagine – learning more about your faith and how to share it with others - any time of day, no traveling, in the comfort of your own home, in your pj’s, yet still in communication with other catechists! You don’t have to imagine – it’s here.

The University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) has developed a new program which is ideal for parish catechetical leaders – DREs/CREs, Coordinators of Youth Ministry, RCIA Coordinators, Adult Formation Coordinators – and for catechists. This new program is the Online Certificate in Catechesis. The University of Dayton Institute for Pastoral Initiatives has designed the online Certificate in Catechesis program by studying the common ground of certification requirements from across the USA to create a base from which dioceses may build to support their catechist formation programs. The program began in January of 2009 and now has almost 600 students registered across the country.

There are currently 43 partnering dioceses in the United States, including Boston, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Worcester and Portland Maine. Bishop Richard Malone from the Diocese of Portland Maine and Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis says that the University of Dayton’s VLCFF is “a solid, substantial, and trustworthy methodology for the Church’s catechetical mission today”.

The Online Certificate in Catechesis consists of two levels, both of which consist of courses in Theology, Method, and Formation. Level One includes Survey of Catholic Doctrine; Introduction to Scripture; Images of Jesus; Sacraments; Introduction to Catechesis; and Introduction to Prayer. Level Two includes Old Testament; New Testament; Ecclesiology: Beginnings of the Church; Introduction to Practical Morality; Faith & Human Development; and Vocation, Spirituality and Discipleship of Catechesis.

The Certificate courses are available several times each year and are normally five-weeks per course. You can access the course 24/7, and it is easy to execute. And, because the Archdiocese of Hartford is a partnering diocese with the University, course prices are reduced from $90 to $40 each (plus the cost of books). There is a nominal one-time fee of $15 to enroll in each level.

The National Directory for Catechesis tells us that “The call to the ministry of catechist is a vocation, an interior call, the voice of the Holy Spirit”. The Directory also gives us a mandate: “…those who catechize need preparation and ongoing formation specific to the conditions of those to whom they proclaim the Gospel message”. The University of Dayton’s Certificate in Catechesis has provided us with a professional, affordable and convenient means to provide that necessary formation. It is truly a gift for all of the people in the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, the Institute’s Director, has this to say about VLCFF: “If the Catholic Church is to take catechesis, evangelization and adult faith formation seriously, we must be where a growing number of Catholics and others searching for God (faith) are to be found. That is – cyberspace”.

Check it out – and other certificate programs that were recently developed or are coming real soon: Adult Faith Formation, Media Literacy Education, Foundations in Ministry Formation, and Hispanic Catechesis (in Spanish) –