Passport to Success: A Seminar for Catechetical Leaders


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In 1996 the New England Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education (NECDDRE) assigned their Catechetical Leadership Committee the task of researching ways to assist dioceses to prepare their catechetical leaders for roles in parish ministry.  New personnel were often coming to the position without degrees in religious education or related fields.  While the aim still remains to require an appropriate degree, diocesan leaders recognized the need to help new personnel not only become aware of the necessity for further education but to also provide entry level skills to help them in the interim.

The initial seminar was introduced in Vermont in June of 1997.  As subsequent seminars took place and evaluations were reviewed there surfaced a need for a follow-up seminar.  In August 2000 the Seminar for Catechetical Leaders-Part II was introduced.  The repeated requests from Part One participants was for more theology.  Recognizing this as essential, the committee focused its attention on the basics a catechetical leader needs to know about our faith and suggestions on how to share this information with their catechists.

Part One ant Part Two of the seminars are primarily overnight experiences.  Based on The Effective DRE-A Skills Development published by Loyola Press, Part Three consists of a series of nine workshops implemented by individual dioceses.  Although some topics are introduced  in the Seminar for Catechetical Leaders-Part One, Part Three builds and expands on the topics.  Part Three is also developed for not only new personnel but for the experienced catechetical leader as an opportunity for ongoing formation.

For more information about these programs, please contact your Diocesan Director.


Passport to Success
Part One: Preparing for the Journey

This seminar is designed for new or new parish catechetical leaders: directors of religious education, coordinators of religious education, sacramental coordinators, etc.


Its purpose is to...

  • Identify gifts and qualities.
  • Clarify scope of responsibilities.
  • Provide an opportunity to increase knowledge and reinforce skills in areas such as: management/administration, communication/relationships, curriculum implementation, recruitment/training of catechists.
  • Assist participants in designing a learning plan that will help them to meet diocesan qualifications for catechetical leadership.

The format is a four-hour evening session 5-9 PM followed by a day session from 8.00 AM to 4:oo PM.

Registration

  • Complete the registration form.
  • The fee of $135 includes all program costs, 3 meals, snacks and overnight accommodations.
  • Payment in full is expected at time of registration. Cancellations received up to one week before the seminar will be fully refunded. Cancellations received within one of of the seminar may be transferred to the next seminar.
  • Make check payable to NECDDRE.

Mail completed form and check to:

Olive S. Greene
604 West Taft Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Approximately 2 weeks before the seminar, a complete schedule, directions and a "Catechetical Leader Profile" will be sent to you.  Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact your diocesan office or call Olive S. Green (203-366-1387).  You can also email us at passport@necddre.org


Passport to Success
Part Two: Embarking on the Journey

All participants of Part One are invited to participate in Part Two.  Part Two Focuses on the Call To Discipleship,  and the Role of the Catechetical Leader in Evangelization and the Role of the Catechetical Leader in Prayer and Workship.

The format is an overnight experience beginning at 3:00 pm on the first day and cluding at 4:30 pm on the second day.  This an intense learning experience with time built into the process for small group sharing and networking.

Registration

  • Complete the registration form.
  • The fee of $135 includes all program costs, 3 meals, snacks and overnight accommodations.
  • Payment in full is expected at time of registration. Cancellations received up to one week before the seminar will be fully refunded. Cancellations received within one of of the seminar may be transferred to the next seminar.
  • Make check payable to NECDDRE.

Mail completed form and check to:

Olive S. Greene
604 West Taft Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Approximately 2 weeks before the seminar, a complete schedule, directions and a "Catechetical Leader Profile" will be sent to you.  Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact your diocesan office or call Olive S. Green (203-366-1387).  You can also email us at passport@necddre.org


Passport to Success
Part Three: Ports of Call

Part Three consists of a series of nine workshops based on The Effective DRE - A Skills Development Series published by Loyola Press.

Although a sequel to Part One and Part Two, the Seminar for Catechetical Leaders– Part Three is opened to all catechetical leaders. For the experienced leader it offers an opportunity for on-going formation.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Catechesis
  • Building Community
  • Catechizing for a Just world
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Forming Ministerial Relationships
  • Developing a parish Program
  • Maintaining profession Balance

Part Three is designed as a 3-5 hour session. Each session includes presentation of the topic, practical exercises, suggested readings and follow-up reflections. Dioceses are encouraged to select and schedule modules as needed for their catechetical leaders.


Passport to Success
Part Four: Extending your Journey

Part four is still in the preparation stages topics we expect to cover will be based on The Effective DRE: A Theology Series published by Loyola Press.

Topics included:

  • Companions on the Journey: Mary and the Saints
  • The Church as communion and mission: Ecclesiology
  • That All may Be One: Ecumenism
  • Means of grace, Ways of Life: Sacramental Theology
  • Nourished by the Word: Scripture
  • Connecting Faith and Life: Theological Reflection
  • In the breath of God: Christian Morality
  • True God True man: Christology
  • Faith Handed On: Church History

 

 

 

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