Pathways is the diocesan
adult faith formation program. It is a series of 12 sessions, three workshops and a retreat. Each of the 12 sessions addresses a specific topic that is presented in the form of a question. Participants must attend the first workshop, "Called and Gifted," prior to attending classes, and attendance is mandatory to earn the Pathways Certificate of Completion. Earning a Pathways Certificate of Completion will satisfy all the requirements for basic certification.
This equivalency will only be given to those who have earned a Pathways Certificate of Completion since 2004-05. A Pathways/Alpha Certificate of Completion earned prior to 2004-05 will satisfy the creed, sacraments, morality, and liturgy and prayer requirements of basic certification. Participants will still have to satisfy the Ecclesiology requirement to complete basic certification.
Echoes of Faith
Echoes of Faith is a partnership between RCL/Benziger and the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders to assist you in your theological, spiritual, and practical formation.
The following tables show the Echoes of Faith courses and the equivalent diocesan courses.
|Theology Modules in Echoes of Faith
|I Believe/We Believe
|Liturgy and Sacraments
|Prayer and Spirituality
||Liturgy and Prayer
||Scripture, Permanent Certification Course
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) applies Montessori principles of education to catechesis of children. This model builds on the child's religious potential and nascent spirituality, serving the religious needs of the child. It respects the natural relationship that children experience with God.
Catechesis occurs in a religious environment called an atrium using objects and furniture that have been adapted to children's levels and needs. The children discover liturgical symbols, engage in stories of sacred Scripture and work with religious symbols and objects. Catechists are specifically trained to facilitate an encounter between Christ and the children through the use of Scripture and liturgy.
Training in the specific levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will satisfy the varying levels of the Training and Catechetical Certification Process.
|Levels I and II and Sacramental Preparation Training
|Levels II and III Training