Engaging Hispanics in Catechetical Formation

August 01, 2011

José Amaya, Coordinator for Hispanic Catechesis and for Catechist Formation in the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Washington, has been elected as Animator for the Forum on Catechesis with Hispanics (FCH). FCH is part of the National Conference for Catechetical Leaders (NCCL). He will lead the theology committee for the national Hispanic religious education forum, which was formed three years ago.
Mr. Amaya currently serves as part of the Forum on Catechesis with Hispanics. In his new role as Animator, he will serve a three year term with five other animators nationwide. The animators are responsible for planning and facilitating forum meetings at the annual national conference. They also solicit names for conference leadership, facilitate networking among forum members and help plan events to meet the needs of the membership throughout the year.
The mission of FCH is to “collaborate, advocate, communicate, nurture, promote, support and respond to the catechetical needs of those who minister to and with Hispanics now and in the future” in the United States, said Mr. Amaya.
As part of his duties as the Coordinator for Hispanic Catechesis and Catechist Formation in the Archdiocese of Washington, Mr. Amaya is responsible for the formation of Hispanic catechetical leaders, the implementation of the new Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide: Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization, and for assessing and strengthening the teaching of the faith through Parish Catechetical Visitations for adults, youth, and children in parishes and Catholic schools of the Archdiocese. He has nine years experience as a catechetical leader at the diocesan and parish level. He has a Masters of Divinity from Washington Theological Union.

Catechesis is an essential component of evangelization. The aim is not only to educate, but to put people into communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ through lifelong catechesis for discipleship in and through the Catholic Church.

Mr. Amaya hopes to use his gifts as Animator for the Forum on Catechesis with Hispanics to glean the needs of those working with and for Hispanics throughout the country, to be a voice within NCCL, and to consult with publishers in the development of appropriate materials for use with Hispanic communities.

To read the Catholic Standard article about Jose Amaya’s appointment, please click here..

To view a video about Jose Amaya’s appointment, please visit the following links for the the English version or the Spanish version.

Brie Hall
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