Catechetical Leaders

“On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: "Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you… nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wisdom-filled than that initial proclamation."

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium


Now that the Archdiocese of Hartford Pastoral Planning changes have been set into motion, many of you will be restructuring your parish Religious Education programs. Whether your need is evaluating curriculum, utilizing new resources, redesigning new programs, or planning a retreat for catechists from your newly merged programs, the OEEC is available to assist your efforts. Below is a list of things we hope you will find helpful:

  • All merging parishes have received a Stewards for Tomorrow Parish Policies and Procedures Manual. This includes a section on “Liturgical Issues” to include prayer services and rituals for closing and merging parishes (section 11).
  • If you are looking for new textbooks for your program, you can click here to see a list of the current texts approved by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
  • The Archdiocesan Religious Education Standards were revised and approved by Archbishop Blair in 2011 and are available here for you to use as a resource and guide.


Virtual Workshops 2017 for Catechists and Teachers Series

Designed specifically for catechists and teachers, these dynamic virtual workshops invite all those who work with children to an interactive and practical form of continuing educations. Each workshop is only $10.

Leading and Animating Prayer in Your Classroom

Foster active participation in classroom prayer through proven techniques to inspire and empower children of all ages to prepare and lead prayer. Discover how to create an environment that transforms your classroom into a prayerful space. Click here to register.

November 8, 2017
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events:


October 28, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (lunch included)
St. Mark the Evangelist Parish Center, East Hartford

Registration is still open! Register by clicking here!

Click here to see the Workshop Descriptions
To download a flyer, click here.


Kelly Henderschedt
Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Education
860-242-5573 ext. 2663