The Coordinator of Children’s Catechesis supports the mission of the Diocese of Boise by assisting the Bishop in carrying out his role as the chief catechist of the diocese. The Coordinator works collaboratively with clergy, catechetical personnel, and other diocesan staff to develop, strengthen, and promote authentic and effective faith formation experiences for elementary age children throughout the diocese. Specifically, the Coordinator provides consultation, support, leadership formation, and resources to those engaged in children’s catechetical ministry.
Parish DRE Gatherings
Great meeting on January 22! The next meeting will focus on Safe Environment concerns with guests Bob Fontaine and Veronica Childers. The date and location will be announced soon.
In order to help the Office of Catechesis better serve the Catholic Church of Idaho we are in need of updated information concerning catechetical programs from Pre-School through High School. Here are two reports which will help us to better understand the parishes, chapels, and stations of our Diocese.
The first report is called the “Catechesis Report”. This report is designed to provide the Office of Catechesis accurate figures regarding enrollment in programs, textbooks and resources being used, programming information, and sacramental data. The Catechesis Report may seem overwhelming but the data will help us to better understand and track the catechetical programs of the Diocese. Additionally, this information is reported to our Province and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Click here for the Catechesis Report.
The second report is called the “Catechist Report”. The purpose of this report is to provide information regarding the staff and volunteers who are forming our children and youth. Please be sure to include yourself and any administrative assistants as this report is completed. The data received in this report will help the Office of Catechesis maintain an accurate data base of catechetical personnel in the Diocese of Boise. Click here for the Catechist Report.
Please complete both reports and return to the Office of Catechesis by February 1, 2013.
Catechist Certification Questions
The Office of Catechesis is working on a transition to upgrade the catechist certification process in order to meet the National Standards of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). (To read the National Standards go to www.lemcertification.org.) By following these National Standards, we have developed a 4-level Catechetical Certification process that closely resembles other diocesan certification requirements. Those who fulfill our four-year certification process will be eligible to apply for a National Certificate United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation (USCCB/CCA).
For an overview of these four levels, click Catechist Certification Process.
For questions, please contact Sr. Chela Gonzalez at (208) 350-5140 or at CGonzalez@RCDB.org
Catechist Formation Training
Over 162 Principals, school teachers, DRE’s and catechists attended the first of six training sessions
to deepen their spirituality, their knowledge of the faith and their teaching skills.
The Program Prospectus Form is designed to help the Office of Catechesis tract and approve classes for Certification. The form should be completed by the person who will be facilitating the class and submitted to the Office of Catechesis 3 weeks prior to the start of class. The facilitator of the class will receive a letter approving the class and detailing the number of allowable Certification Hours. The Facilitator will also receive Records of Participation and instructions for their use after the class is approved for Certification. If you have questions regarding the Program Prospectus Form, please contact Marcy Fessler at MFessler@RCDB.org.
Program Prospectus Form English Spanish
for more information about these events or if there are other dates you would like to have listed
please contact Marcy Fessler MFessler@RCDB.org (208) 350-7541
Parish DRE Gathering, 11:00 Mountain Time
Holy Apostles, Meridian and through Live Meeting
RSVP to Marcy Fessler
Catholic Relief Services Education Resources
National Association for Lay Ministry
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership
National Catholic Education Association
Forming Adolescents in Catholic Faith
US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Fe y Vida
Coordinator of Children's Catechesis:
Web Blog-Tending the Flock of Idaho
Office of Catechesis home page
Youth and Young Adult Catechesis
Adult and Family Catechesis
Events & Forms
Catechesis Report (bilingual)
Catechist Report (bilingual)
Girl Scouts Books and Medals
Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
First Holy Communion
from diocesan Policies & Practices
Curriculum Guidelines K-8
English / Spanish
Parish Catechist Certification