The Mission of the Office for Catechesis is to “put adults, youth, and children in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ through lifelong catechesis for discipleship in and through the Catholic Church.” National Directory for Catechesis
“It is by celebrating our strengths, identifying areas for improvement and working together that Catholic education will flourish for generations to come, bringing them Christ’s gospel and helping them grow in their encounter with the living Lord.” -Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Catechesis, sometimes referred to as religious education, is an essential component of evangelization. Its aim is not simply to instruct, but to form people as Christian disciples and bring them to intimacy and communion with Jesus Christ.
The Office for Catechesis supports and implements policies for religious education/catechesis carried out in parishes of the Archdiocese of Washington. It is committed to all catechetical ministries, offered to both adults and youth/children, which have as their goal a deepened faith and a more profound understanding of the Person of Christ (Catechesi Tradendae, 5).
For more information about the Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization religion curriculum including pages for parents, please click here.
Office for Catechesis staff:
Director for Catechesis
Coordinator for Children’s Catechesis and Curriculum
Coordinator for Adult Formation and Hispanic Catechesis