DIOCESAN CATECHIST CERTIFICATION
A. Certification Programs
My Catholic Faith Delivered: Online Learning
St. Gregory’s University
The Catechist Certification Program has been in effect in the Diocese of Tulsa since the 1970's. There are two structured methods available to achieve initial certification as well as ongoing educational opportunities to maintain certification. St. Gregory’s University offers an eighteen module Adult Faith Enrichment Program and My Catholic Faith Delivered offers online courses. The new online certification program announced by Bishop Edward J. Slattery, on March 3, 2011, is a partnership between My Catholic Faith Delivered and the Diocese of Tulsa
. In his letter, Bishop Slattery stated that, “this new online interactive program will provide new technology to assist faith formation across our diocese”. It is an ideal program for a catechist building their knowledge and looking for resources, and for a Catholic who simply wants a better understanding of the faith.
The purpose of the program is to assist catechists in our parishes and schools to strengthen their competencies for catechetical ministry.
This purpose for catechist education is aptly described in the following quote:
"Although even the best preparation for catechetical ministry will have little effect without the action of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of the catechists and those being catechized, catechists should certainly seek to acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to communicate the Gospel message effectively. They must have a solid grasp of Catholic doctrine, and worship; familiarity with scripture; communication skills; the ability to use various methodologies; understanding of how people grow and mature and how persons of different ages and circumstances learn.”
Sharing the Light of Faith
National Catechetical Directory (NCD # 211, GDC #234)
The programs provide catechists with opportunities to acquire deeper knowledge and understanding of our Catholic faith, and will provide methods, techniques and resources for handing on the faith to others. The foundation for the new certification program was developed for those who serve their parish and diocesan communities as:
• Directors, Coordinators, or Volunteer Coordinators of Religious Education
• Teachers in the Catholic Schools
• Youth Coordinators and Ministers
• Coordinators of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
• Pastoral Ministers
Catechesis is for developing a personal relationship with Jesus. The adult catechist is called to life-long learning and to participate actively in a catechesis fostering their growth and increasing their ability to share faith with others.
"At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, . . .Catechesis aims at putting people in communion with Jesus Christ ..." "Whoever is called "to teach Christ" must first seek "the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus"; "From this loving knowledge of Christ springs the desire to proclaim him, to "evangelize," and to lead others to the "yes" of faith in Jesus Christ. "... the need to know this faith better makes itself felt.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #426, 428, 429)