What is Catechetical Leadership?

The word catechetical comes from a Greek word meaning echo. All who hand on the Faith echo the Word of God, Jesus Christ, as proclaimed in Scripture and in the teachings of the Catholic Church. The “aim of catechesis…is maturity: spiritual, liturgical, sacramental and apostolic. Our mission is that of the first disciples, whom Jesus commanded, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matthew 28: 19-20). We provide support and training to catechetical leaders and catechists, who are involved in the ongoing faith formation –religious education and catechesis of adults, youth, children, and persons of all ages with special needs in parishes throughout the diocese.

Basic Certification Topics

Basic Certification Morality I Christology I Fundamental Theology Scripture Sacraments and Rituals The Mass - Eucharistic Liturgy Catholic Beliefs and Traditions Social Teaching Evangelization

Certification Brochures

The following Catechist Brochures walk you through the steps of each level of certification. Basic Catechist Certification Brochure Solicitud De Certificación Básica Advanced Catechist Certification Brochure Solicitud de Certificación Avanzada

Advance Certification Topics

Spirituality Mariology Sacraments Liturgy Christology II Trinity Ecclesiology Survey of the Old Testament Survey of the New Testament Church History Morality/Ethics

Master Certification

This level of certification is currently under development. In 2018/2019 the Diocese will be introducing a new Ecclesial Ministry Program that will include this level of certification as well as opportunities to study for specific lay ministries. Please contact Jackie Hopper for additioanl information. Thank you. Contact Jackie Hopper (208) 350-7541 at jhopper@RDCB.org


Certification is a means of publicly recognizing the commitment that a catechist has made to continuous formation in faith, knowledge, and skills.  Attaining certification attests that the catechist has met a standard of preparation and competency that has been called for in the General Directory for Catechesis.


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