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Office of Catechesis


 Sr. Chela Gonzalez, OP   (208) 350-7540  

 Santiago Robles   (208) 350-7542

Chris Kreslins   (208) 350-7547

Jackie Hopper   (208) 350-7541

Cathy Wheaton   (208) 350-7546



Office hours: 9:00 - 5:00 


Director of the Office of Catechesis


Sister Chela Gonzalez, OP, PhD 

Pastoral Planning

Council Development

Leadership Training

Resources and Consultation

Catholic Schools Teachers - Formation and Certification



Coordinator of Adult and Family Catechesis


Santiago Robles

Adult Faith Formation – Cursillos, Retreats,  RENEW International
Resources and Consultation – Adult Catechesis
Small Faith Communities Formation and Support
Marriage and Family Life



Coordinator of Children's Catechesis


Jackie Hopper

Resources and Consultation – Children’s Catechesis

Catechetical Curriculum for Pre-School through Grade 8

Catechist Formation and Development

Catechetical Reflection Days and Retreats

Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Communion

RCIA for Children up to Grade 8



Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Catechesis


Chris Kreslins

Comprehensive Youth Ministry

Resources and Consultation – Youth and Young Adults
Idaho Catholic Youth Convention

World Youth Day

Youth event forms

Campus Ministry



Administrative Assistant & Resource Center Manager


Cathy Wheaton 

Resource Center
Assistance to Online Checkout
Resources and Consultation

Office of Catechesis Website

Safe Environment Checkout (DVD & VHS Resources)
Catechetical Curriculum
Support & Assistance to Catechetical Events
Policies & Guidelines – Resource Center



National Organization Links     


US Conference of Catholic Bishops 
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership
National Association for Lay Ministry
National Catholic Education Association
National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry
National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association




Office of Catechesis staff


Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation


Policies, Guidelines & Curriculum

Diocesan Religious Curriculum


Policies for Home-Based Catechesis


Sacramental Prep


Catechist Certification

English     Spanish


Lay Ecclesial Ministers Certification


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