Parish Religious Education

“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


I am very excited to join the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC) as the Director of Catechetical Education. It is my desire and goal to support, guide ed.jpgand collaborate with Directors and Coordinators of Parish Religious Education programs throughout the diocese. My plan is to provide any assistance necessary to aid in our shared vision of growing young disciples and drawing the children and families of our parishes towards a closer relationship with Jesus. With the other members of our newly formed team here at the OEEC, I will be coming out to parishes to meet with catechetical leaders to obtain feedback in what resources, formation and assistance I can provide. We have exciting opportunities that will be offered in the upcoming year, so check back to our website for updates and details.

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Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or ideas you would like to share. I am looking forward to meeting the many dedicated people who minister to our children and families in our parishes.

Peace and Blessings,

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