The diocesan Department of Catechesis is accepting applications for its Parish Catechetical Leadership Program 2021-2023, which will begin this fall.

Offering adults practical ministerial skills and foundational theological training, this is the second cohort of the new two-year leadership program designed to form religious education leaders. Those engaged or interested in a faith formation role in their parish are welcome to apply, particularly directors, coordinators and administrators of parish religious education programs.

A total of 12 topics are presented in the first year, including instruction in Sacred Scripture, the Sacraments, foundations of liturgy, effective catechesis and best practices. In the second year, participants will continue with advanced learning, project development and a retreat experience.

Classes will be taught using a hybrid process to accommodate current restrictions and guidelines. Some classes will be in-person if restrictions allow and some will be virtual. Each participant will be assigned a mentor for the entire course, with several meetings taking place over the two-year period.

Interested parties must complete an application and receive an endorsement from their parish pastor. Applicants will interview with a diocesan staff member from the Department of Catechesis.

Cost for the two-year program is $300, which includes 12 sessions for year one plus materials, as well as two online courses for year two and retreat.

For more information or for application materials, contact Debbie D’Agostaro: 609-403-7175, or visit the department website at