The Catechetical Office is “the means which the BishopGeneral Directory for Catechesis, 265
as head of the community and teacher of doctrine
utilizes to direct and moderate all the catechetical activities
of the diocese.”
The Catechetical Office helps develop the leadership, policy, guidelines, and structures for catechesis in the parishes of the Archdiocese of New York. The Church directs that ongoing formation is necessary for all who serve in Church ministry. In response, the Catechetical Office offers formation and training for those who serve as parish catechists and as parish directors or coordinators of religious education.
The word catechetical comes from a Greek word meaning echo. All who hand on the Faith echo the Word of God, Jesus Christ, as proclaimed in Scripture and in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our mission is that of the first disciples, whom Jesus commanded, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28: 19-20).