ELM is an initiative of the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis, generously supported by the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, which serves to promote greater vitality and vibrancy in our parishes. ELM stands for the tenets of the program, which are our goals for the beneficiaries of this initiative:

  • Evangelizing Catechesis
  • Lifelong Formation
  • Missionary Discipleship

ELM has two branches: Parish Accompaniment and Leadership Formation. Each branch of ELM supports and serves the other. As parishes establish plans for vibrant lifelong faith formation, leaders will emerge who are in need of formation and as leaders are formed, they will be instrumental in growing vibrant parish communities.


Branches of the ELM:

Parish Accompaniment

The Parish Accompaniment Project incorporates a number of services to support the parish’s work of developing a plan for lifelong faith formation that works for your parish, including:

      • Three 1-day workshops to provide knowledge, skills and processes
      • Coaching and Support
      • Webinars to provide assistance
      • Tools and Resources

The first cohort of 20 parishes will begin February 2018. Applications are due by February 1, 2018.

Leadership Formation

The Leadership Formation program is 1.5 years of human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation, providing a ministerial foundation for:

  • Those who are entering a new ministry
  • Those who have ministerial experience but need theological or pastoral development
  • Those who wish to participate in ongoing formation in ministry

The first cohort will begin on February 3, 2018. Applications are due by January 19, 2018.

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Parish Accompaniment Contact:
Kelly Henderschedt
Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Education
860-242-5573 x2663

Leadership Formation Contact:
Nicole M. Perone
Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation
860-242-5573 x2677