The Archdiocese of Washington has a long and faith-filled history of passing on Christ’s Gospel from generation to generation through Catholic education, which has brought hope to tens of thousands of lives. Our Catholic schools and parish religious education programs instill Catholic values that will stay with our young people throughout their entire lives.

More than 1,100 adults in the archdiocese are received into the Church every year at the Easter Vigil. Through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, they undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess their faith in Jesus and the Church and receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist.

Adult Faith Formation
Ongoing faith formation is an essential component of membership in the Churchsupporting adults in their search to become more faith filled disciples and full participants in the life of the Church.

Religious Education/Catechesis
Religious education programs in parishes and schools are a central aspect of the Church’s responsibility to teach the faith. In 2013, nearly 26,000 young people received religious education from almost 3,000 parish catechists.

Catholic Schools
Ninety-three Catholic schools across the archdiocese bring Christ’s love, alongside an academically excellent education, to thousands of young people every day. Students learn to respect others, develop a sense of community, and carry out the mission of care and service, just as Jesus did. Click here to view our school locator.

Five Year Report
Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Washington: 2008-2013 details the progress that has been made in Catholic schools, parish religious educations and adult catechetical programs over the past five years, as well as current challenges and the next steps to strengthen Catholic education in the future.  Click here to read the report. (español)

Books by Cardinal Wuerl

Ways to Pray: Growing Closer to God

The Sacraments: A Continuing Encounter with Christ

The Teaching of Christ: a Catholic Catechism for Adults