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Diocesan Religion Educators Prepare to Teach New Curriculum

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On September 9th and 10th, the Department of Catholic Formation and Evangelization offered two in-service days to assist catechists and teachers in the implementation of the revised K-8 Religion Curriculum for Catholic schools and parish faith formation programs in the Diocese of Raleigh. The sessions were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Newton Grove and St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Raleigh.

One-hundred-eighty-five catechetical leaders gathered for the sessions. “These two days brought together Catholic school and parish faith formation catechists to grow in their faith and instill a love and knowledge of the faith to the children they serve,” said Sr. Rose Marie Adams, I.H.M., Diocesan Director of Evangelization and Catechesis.

Mr. Kenneth Doran, National Consultant for William H. Sadlier, Inc., presented “Six Tasks of Catechesis” to Directors of Faith Formation, Principals and lead catechists. “These are guidelines that attempt to take us beyond the faith by preparing young people to evangelize and be disciples to the world in which they live,” said Doran.

The revised Religion Curriculum, approved by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge on August 6th, is rooted in six fundamental tasks of catechesis outlined in the National Directory of Catechesis:

  • Knowledge of Faith
  • Liturgical Education
  • Moral Education
  • Teaching to Pray
  • Education for Community Life
  • Missionary Tradition

The first four tasks outline the catechist’s mission of teaching the Faith. The last two tasks are new because they change the focus from simply teaching young people the faith to teaching them to share the faith they know.

“I teach 7th and 8th grade religion,” said Gwen Eldred, St. Thomas More Catholic School teacher, “and I like what Mr. Doran said today, that not only do we want the knowledge as information but the knowledge as an experience. I think that will be a good thing I can take back to my students.”

Sue Gammon, St. Catherine of Siena DRE, called the day “a wonderful opportunity for all individuals who are responsible for sharing faith with the children in the Diocese. Religion is not merely a subject but a way of life, and an opportunity to fully know who Christ is and develop a deeper relationship with Him. It’s important for us to help one another as we both strive to be catechists in our own environments.”

The  curriculum is available on the Diocesan Web site (PDF).

For additional copies in English or Spanish please contact Holly Stringer at 919-645-4447 or by email, Holly.Stringer@raldioc.org.

Above: Religious Educators attending in-service workshop held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church to assist in implementation of revised K-8 Religion Curriculum.

Below: Mr. Kenneth Doran presenting the “Six Tasks of Catechesis” at workshops held at St. Francis Catholic Church and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton Grove.