Catechist Certification

“Men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds are called to share in the Church’s catechetical mission. Most are volunteers. They bring a wide diversity of talents and abilities to their task. They have widely divergent levels of experience and competence in catechesis. Programs of formation should be designed to help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to hand on the faith to those entrusted to their care and assist them as disciples of Christ” (NDC 548-8).

The formation of the catechist has a three-fold purpose: to provide for the catechist's own spiritual growth; to increase the theological knowledge out of which one catechizes; to expand skills in teaching methods through study and practice.

The goal of the catechist certification formation process is to ensure that the Church's tradition is handed on to all children in our schools, parishes and parish catechetical programs and to support catechists in their vital ministry with our children, youth and adults.

All those who catechize in the Diocese of Metuchen, in addition to being a fully initiated Roman Catholic, must complete basic certification. Since God is the source and enabler of all catechesis, prayer is an integral part of the catechist’s formation. It is strongly recommended that all catechists participate in a yearly retreat or day of reflection. To be eligible for basic diocesan certification, candidates must complete the prescribed components or hold current certification from another New Jersey (arch)diocese.  

For more information on becoming a certified catechist, view the Certification brochure, which outlines the parameters of the catechist formation options. In order to access the Dayton University Program visit and go to the Introduction to Catechesis. Be sure to identify yourself as a member of the Diocese of Metuchen which will entitle you to the 'partnership fee' of $50.

*Certification and formation opportunities for catechists are also available in Spanish. Speak with your Parish Catechetical Leader for details or contact the Office of Discipleship Formation for Children (732) 562-1990.