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Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
(1 Corinthians 1:20)

he circumstances of our time have made it easier and more urgent to continue the education of adults. Men and women are more aware of their own dignity and position; more and more they want to take an active part in social and especially in economic and political life…. The family which has the primary duty of imparting education needs help of the whole community.

(Paul VI)

Education

Adult Education

In 2007, a new initiative arose from a strategic planning meeting held by the B.C. Superintendents of Catholic schools. The members expressed a need for some standardization regarding the minimum acceptable requirements for Catholic school teachers’ understanding of their Faith. Because these requirements are the same for parish catechists, the Diocesan Directors of Religious Education/Faith Formation in B.C. were invited to join the Superintendents to create a document which outlined the basic requirements, the learning outcomes and suggestions for methodology. This document was presented to the bishops of B.C. in November 2008 where it was approved as the provincial requirements for parishes and schools. Each diocese is responsible for implementing the requirements according to their own diocesan needs and structures. The certification program in the Nelson diocese is designed to honour the provincial requirements approved by the bishops of B.C.

In addition to serving as the means for catechist certification, the core courses of Foundations of the Faith are also intended for all adults in the parishes and schools who want to gain a better understanding of their Faith.

DIOCESAN CATECHETICAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

WHO IS THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR?

For the following ministries:

  • Children’s Catechists and Coordinators
  • Catholic School Teachers
  • RCIA Coordinators & Teams
  • Adult Faith Formation Teams (i.e. bible study, and other study groups)
  • Youth Coordinators and youth leaders (core teams)

WHAT IS IT CALLED?

It is called FOUNDATIONS OF THE FAITH [formerly called Basics of the Faith].

WHAT ARE THE COURSES?

[Courses will be offered on a rotating basis over a two-three year period] 

A. Core Courses

  • The Creed   (more info here)
  • Liturgy and Sacraments  (more info here)
  • Catholic Morality
  • Prayer & Spirituality
  • Scripture 

B. Methodology Courses

  • Getting Started as a Catechist
  • The Role of the Catechist
  • Classroom & Behaviour Management
  • The Roles & Responsibilities of Coordinators of Religious Education/Faith Formation, RCIA and Youth Ministry
  • Teacher as Catechist
  • Understanding One’s Call/Vocation of Teaching in a Catholic SchoolUnderstanding the RCIA Process and the Rites of Christian Initiation
  • Understanding Adult Faith Formation and The Facilitation of Adult Learning
  • Getting Started in Youth MinistryThe Role of a Youth Leader

C. Spiritual Component

  • One-day spiritual retreat

WHAT ARE THE MINISTRY-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION?

LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION

Parish Catechists of Children 

  • Five Core Courses
  • Methodology: 1, 2 & 3
  • Spiritual Component

Parish Religious Education/Faith Formation Coordinators 

  • Five Core Courses
  • Methodology 1, 2, 3 & 4
  • Spiritual Component  

Catholic School Teachers 

  • Five Core Courses
  • Methodology: 5 & 6
  • Spiritual Component

RCIA Coordinators & Teams 

  • Five Core Courses
  • Methodology: 2, 7, 8 & 4 for coordinators
  • Spiritual Component

Adult Faith Formation Ministry 

  • Five Core Courses
  • Methodology: 8
  • Spiritual component

Youth Coordinators & Core Teams 

  • Five Core Courses
  • Methodology: 9, 10 & 4 for coordinators
  • Spiritual component

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