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Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education

Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education

The single most critical factor in an effective parish catechetical program is the leadership of a professionally trained parish catechetical leader. (NDC # 53)

Educational Requirements for a Director / Coordinator

  • The Director of Religious Education has a Master’s Degree in religious studies, religious education, theology or a related field from an Institution recognized by the Archdiocese of New York. 
  • The Coordinator of Religious Education should have a bachelors’ degree in any field and must be certified through the Catechist Formation Program, Levels I and II.

Administrative Handbook for the Director / Coordinator (aka “Red Book”)



Formation for the Director / Coordinator

Basic Leadership Training Course

The Basic Leadership Training Course is required for all directors and coordinators new to the Archdiocese of New York and must be completed within a 2-year period.

It consists of 11 sessions offered at:

  • Maryknoll Sisters’ Center (Fridays)
  • St. John-Visitation Parish Pastoral Center, NW Bronx (Saturdays)
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,  Middletown, Orange County (Saturdays)

Please bring your red Archdiocesan Handbook and a bag lunch/supper to each session. The fee for the entire course is $385; if you must pay per session the cost is $40 per session.

All experienced directors and coordinators of Religious Education can attend individual sessions for updating. If you have not registered for the entire Basic Training Course and wish to take individual sessions, you may e-mail Sr.Teresita.Morse@archny.org

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Advanced Catechetical Leadership

The Advanced Catechetical Leadership is designed for coordinators who are taking any of the courses in the Advanced Leadership Formation.  Advanced Catechetical Leadership is an academic program for coordinators of Religious Education.  It consists of 9 courses in theology, catechesis, and catechetical administration.    

All courses are given in 8 sessions of 3 hours each. Classes are held once a week. Students should expect several hours of homework a week.

Prerequisites:

  • Completion of Catechist Formation Level 1 and 2
  • Completion of Basic Leadership Training Course

The Advanced Catechetical Leadership Courses are being given in two sites:

  • St.  Catharine’s Parish Center
    • Pelham in Central Westchester
    • Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Center
    • Middletown in Orange County
    • Thursdays, 10am to 1pm

Advanced Catechetical Leadership Program List of Courses

If you would like to register for the Advanced Catechetical Leadership, you may e-mail Sr.Teresita.Morse@archny.org

Certification as a Director or Coordinator of Religious Education

The certified director/coordinator of Religious Education is a significant member of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Leadership Community — those people who are recognized as possessing the competencies and skills identified in the Archdiocesan Handbook for Parish Religious Education Directors and Coordinators and whose commitment to the Catechetical Ministry reaches beyond the parish to the wider Archdiocesan Church.

Steps to Certification for Coordinators:

  • Catechist Certification, Levels 1 and 2
  • Basic Leadership Training Course
  • Advanced Leadership Training Course
  • Supervision Process

Steps to Certification for Directors:

  • Masters in Religious Education, Religious Studies, Theology, or related field or Masters in any area plus 24 graduate credits in these specified fields
  • Basic Leadership Training Course
  • Supervision Process
Renewal of Certification

Certification must be renewed after five years

Requirements for Renewal of Certification 

  • 30 class hours in catechesis or theology over 5 years; attendance at the Catechetical Forum can provide up to 4 hours a year.
  • Yearly attendance at a minimum of one spiritual renewal opportunity provided either by the Archdiocesan or the Regional Catechetical Office;  this day/evening or prayer is for the purpose of providing a forum for spiritual sharing among Catechetical Leaders.
  • Regular attendance each year at Regional Catechetical Meetings; regular means attendance for at least 3/4ths of the meetings.
  • Yearly attendance at a minimum of one professional formation seminar/workshop sponsored by the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office.  These seminars and workshops can be found listed in Basic Training and in Certification Events.
  • Exercising catechetical leadership beyond the parish for the sake either of a deanery or the Archdiocese, such as serving on a committee, giving classes or workshops in a catechetical field, mentoring at the request of the Catechetical Office.
  • Recommendation by the Regional Catechetical Director.
  • Recommendation by the Certification Review Committee.
  • Approval for Certification by the Director of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office.

N.B.  Developing and administering an excellent parish religious education program is NOT a requirement for Renewal of Certification.  It is the primary responsibility of the Director/Coordinator of Religious Education whether certified or not.

Certification-Related Events

Certification-related events are for directors and coordinators who are certified or are in the supervision process for certification.

Meeting to Begin Supervision Process (Annually in the Fall)

For Directors and Coordinators who have completed the Basic Leadership Training Course and Catechetical Leadership Program.

This is the necessary first step in the one-to-two-year supervision process, an essential requirement for certification. The day will consist in an orientation to the purpose and content of the supervision process. Participants will complete the self-assessment upon which the entire supervision process is built.

The Wisdom Gathering (Annually in November)

For Certified Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education

The Wisdom Gathering is an overnight spiritual and communal experience. It is the primary annual event for all Certified Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education.

Consultation Luncheon (Annually in January)

For Certified Directors and Coordinators

The purpose of this luncheon is to foster community among the certified Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education and to consult these leaders who form the Catechetical Wisdom Community on overarching directions and challenges for Catechesis in the Archdiocese.

Advisory Council Meeting (Annually in March)

For Certified Directors and Coordinators

On several occasions throughout the year, the “Wisdom Community” of Certified Directors and Coordinators are consulted by Sr. Joan and the Catechetical Office staff on matters which affect the effectiveness and vitality of Parish Religious Education in the Archdiocese.

Certification Ceremony and Dinner (Annually in the Spring)

For Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education who have fulfilled the requirements for certification

At this ceremony, certification will be awarded to those Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education who have fulfilled the requirements for certification. Sr. Joan Curtin, CND, as Director of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, will grant the certification in the presence of a Bishop representing Cardinal Dolan. A dinner will follow the ceremony.

Re-Certification Ceremony and Dinner (Annually in the Spring)

For Directors and Coordinators to be certified

At this ceremony, re-certification will be awarded to those Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education whose certification has expired and who have fulfilled the requirements for renewal. Sr. Joan Curtin, CND, Director of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, will grant the re-certification. A dinner will follow the ceremony.

Celebration of Gratitude (Annually in June)

Celebration of Gratitude to Culminate the Year of Ministry for All Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education

This Mass and Luncheon is a celebration of gratitude for all that the directors and coordinators of Religious Education have contributed over the past year to the Catechetical Ministry in the Archdiocese. It is also a time to honor those who now must leave the ministry after years of magnificent service for the flourishing of faith in our parishes.


Leadership Resources

Catechetical Office Resources

The following resources for download are a support to catechetical leaders and pastors by the Catechetical Office, including these frequently searched resources.

Handbooks

Administrative Handbook for Parish Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education (aka “the red book”)

Parent Handbook: Directors/Coordinators should use this template as the basis and model for the Parent Handbook of their Parish Religious Education program.   Contact your regional office for the Handbook in MS Word Format.

Catechist Handbook: Directors/Coordinators should use this template as the basis and model for the Catechist Handbook of their Parish Religious Education program.  Contact your regional office for the Handbook in MS Word Format.

Guidelines for Catechesis

  • Revised Guidelines for Catechesis /Directrices Catequéticas: the official guide to religious education in the Archdiocese of New York that details the religious education content to be taught at each grade level. Copyright, 1996, 2016, Archdiocese of New York, Department of Education.

In English

En espanól


Administration Forms and Support
Catechist Forms 

Catechist Forms

Program Resources

Program Forms

Compensation and Benefits

Links

  • Catechist Formation Review: this review of Catechist Level One course material provides the catechist with an opportunity to check her/his knowledge and clarify her/his understanding of the material.
  • Chastity Education: the Family Life Office website has Parent Guides to Human Sexuality, Chastity Speakers, and resources for teachers and parents.
  • Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series: a download of the most current listing of religious education texts and series that have been found in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church; published by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Safe Environment Resources: resources provided by the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program ensuring the safety of children and young people who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs.
  • The Catechist in the Third Millennium: a download of the October 2012 statement of the Catholic Bishops of New York State supporting quality catechetical leadership in our changing parishes and world.
  • Opting out of Public School Mandated Sex Education: help for parents who desire that there children opt-out of sex education in public schools.

Pastor’s Resources

Catechetical Leadership Resources
Professional Associations
Blogs and Online Resources
Resources for Leading Staff Prayer
Catechetical Documents
Professional Periodicals
  • Catechist: written for catechists in parish religious education programs and for teachers of religion in Catholic schools. For nearly four decades, Catechist magazine has been the leading periodical that helps both the veteran and the first-year catechist/teacher be more successful.
  • The Catechetical Review: an international quarterly catechetical journal primarily written for Directors of Religious Education, catechetical leaders, religious educators, youth ministers, RCIA coordinators and anyone involved in faith formation. From the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

For More Information Contact

Sister Teresita Morse, RJM

Director of Formation for Religious Education Leaders
1011 First Avenue
New York, New York 10022
Fax: 212-980-1035
646.794.2858
Sr.Teresita.Morse@archny.org

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