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Catechist Formation

Doorways to Formation in the Faith, the Catechist Formation program of the Diocese of Raleigh, offers opportunities for all adults to grow in the Catholic faith, and serves as a pastoral formation program for educators in the faith.

Doorways

Formerly The Catechetical Institute

Doorways to Formation in the Faith is the name of the Catechists Formation program of the Diocese of Raleigh. It offers opportunities for all adults to grow in the Catholic faith, and serves as a pastoral formation program for educators in the faith (parish catechists and homeschooling parents).

Courses are offered in two learning formats: Onsite Courses are available at selected sites in each deanery (offered in English and Spanish; dates yet to be confirmed), and Online Courses are available through our diocesan partnership with:

The Diocese of Raleigh program for the formation of catechists has four components:

  1. The Pre-Service Certificate
  2. Safe Environment Training
  3. The Basic Certificate of Competence
  4. Master Catechist Certificate of Competence

Safe Environment Training

All catechists and volunteers who work with children are required to attend in person a Safe Environment Workshop approved by the Diocese of Raleigh before they do so. Participation in a similar workshop provided by any other Catholic Diocese or any other organization is not recognized. This workshop is offered annually at Holy Infant in late August. If people cannot attend the workshop at Holy Infant, they may go to workshops in other parishes in the Diocese.

Certification is valid for five years, after which people must either renew their certification on-line, or take the Safe Environment Workshop again in person. Contact the to request details of renewal of certification.

Read more about Holy Infant Child Protection Policies and Practices here. 

The Basic Certificate of Competence

The Diocese wishes all catechists to acquire a solid grounding in Catholic doctrine, and it therefore offers a sequence of 6 basic courses of 12 hours each over a 3 year cycle: The Creed, A Catholic Understanding of Scripture, Liturgy, Sacraments, Christian Morality, Christian Prayer & Spirituality. These will be offered at various times throughout the Piedmont Deanery. These will be offered at various times throughout the Piedmont Deanery.

Elective courses are: Catholicism (DVD and workbook series by Fr. Robert Barron) and Introduction to Theology of the Body (DVD, book and workbook series by Christopher West)

Master Catechist Certificate of Competence 

Candidates for Master Catechist Certification must first have completed the Basic Certification requirements above, then may proceed to the following courses as they become available:

A Catholic Understanding of Scripture: Old Testament Survey

 

A Catholic Understanding of Scripture: New Testament Survey 

 

Catholicism (series by Fr. Robert Barron)

 

Introduction to Theology of the Body  

 

* Child Psychological Development

 

* Adolescent Psychology and Moral Development

 

* Facilitating Adult Learning

 

Christian Anthropology

 

Christology

 

Pneumatology (study of the Holy Spirit)

 

Sacraments

 

Church History

 

Ecclesiology (study of the Church)

 

Mary and the Saints

 

Catholic Social Teaching

 

Evangelization and Inculturation

 

Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue

 

Apologetics

 

 * Applicable to the required age-appropriate Certificate

 


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