Online, in-person schedule for ‘The Art of Catechesis’ in 2024

November 14, 2023 at 11:10 a.m.
The Art of Catechesis will be offered both online and in person for the training of catechists. Photo from Freepik.com
The Art of Catechesis will be offered both online and in person for the training of catechists. Photo from Freepik.com

By MARY STADNYK
Associate Editor

Persons seeking to assist others in learning more about the Catholic faith can hone their own skills and knowledge by participating in a program called “The Art of Catechesis.”

The diocesan sponsored program was created specifically for new and seasoned catechists and is available in both English and Spanish. All catechists are expected to be engaged in catechist formation and eventually obtain a Certificate in Catechesis.

After completing the course, catechists will be able to prepare for each class more effectively; engage students in the learning and formation process; more confidently lead, guide, teach and inspire; know available resources for class planning, preparation and execution, and encourage, form and inform a catechist’s own life of faith.

The Art of Catechesis class is a total of six hours and offered in a variety of formats – one all-day session or three sessions that are two hours each. All classes are offered in parishes throughout the Diocese as well as virtual. Topics that are covered include “The Role of the Catechist;” “Sources and Methods for Catechesis,” and “Tools and Practice.”

Michelle Angelo-Santoro, associate director of catechesis, said that to date, 598 catechists from the four-county Diocese have completed “The Art of Catechesis” since the program was launched in 2021.

In 2024, virtual offerings of Art of Catechesis will be available Jan. 4, 11 and 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with presenter Mark Russoniello, parish catechetical leader in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold.

A virtual offering will also be held May 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Lisa Limongello, parish catechetical leader in St. Luke Parish, Toms River, and in the three parishes that make up the Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley.

The schedule of upcoming Art of Catechesis sessions include Feb. 15, 22 and 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Holy Eucharist Parish, 520 Medford Lakes Rd., Tabernacle, with Donna Remaley, parish director of faith formation, serving as the instructor.

Also, a daylong session will be held June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bulman Center of St. Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown, with Michelle Angelo-Santoro, associate director of the diocesan department of catechesis, serving as facilitator.

For questions, contact Michelle Angelo-Santoro in the Department of Catechesis at 609-403-7174 or [email protected].


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Persons seeking to assist others in learning more about the Catholic faith can hone their own skills and knowledge by participating in a program called “The Art of Catechesis.”

The diocesan sponsored program was created specifically for new and seasoned catechists and is available in both English and Spanish. All catechists are expected to be engaged in catechist formation and eventually obtain a Certificate in Catechesis.

After completing the course, catechists will be able to prepare for each class more effectively; engage students in the learning and formation process; more confidently lead, guide, teach and inspire; know available resources for class planning, preparation and execution, and encourage, form and inform a catechist’s own life of faith.

The Art of Catechesis class is a total of six hours and offered in a variety of formats – one all-day session or three sessions that are two hours each. All classes are offered in parishes throughout the Diocese as well as virtual. Topics that are covered include “The Role of the Catechist;” “Sources and Methods for Catechesis,” and “Tools and Practice.”

Michelle Angelo-Santoro, associate director of catechesis, said that to date, 598 catechists from the four-county Diocese have completed “The Art of Catechesis” since the program was launched in 2021.

In 2024, virtual offerings of Art of Catechesis will be available Jan. 4, 11 and 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with presenter Mark Russoniello, parish catechetical leader in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold.

A virtual offering will also be held May 16, 23 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with Lisa Limongello, parish catechetical leader in St. Luke Parish, Toms River, and in the three parishes that make up the Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley.

The schedule of upcoming Art of Catechesis sessions include Feb. 15, 22 and 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Holy Eucharist Parish, 520 Medford Lakes Rd., Tabernacle, with Donna Remaley, parish director of faith formation, serving as the instructor.

Also, a daylong session will be held June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Bulman Center of St. Mary, Mother of God Church, Middletown, with Michelle Angelo-Santoro, associate director of the diocesan department of catechesis, serving as facilitator.

For questions, contact Michelle Angelo-Santoro in the Department of Catechesis at 609-403-7174 or [email protected].

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