Catechists’ Formation


Throughout the year the department will offer a variety of courses and opportunities for catechists and those interested in becoming catechists to discover more and to grow in this very special ministry

Coming up! Dates for your diary:

Focus Day for Catechists

25th September 10-3pm – St. John’s Trowbridge

Heart Speaks to Heart – David Wells and Ingrid La Trobe offer us the opportunity to re-think how we work with children and parents and develop Family Catechesis in our parishes.

On-line Catechists’ Course

For the past year we have been running the diocesan catechists’ course on-line, having started in a parish hall before the pandemic stopped us from meeting. As we come to the end of the course, we will be reflecting on how we make this available to everyone.

The format of the course will enable any individual to follow the course on-line and with a built in opportunity for physically gathering. Bishop Declan supports this course and will award a certificate in Catechetical Formation for anyone who successfully completes the course.

If you would be interested in such a course or to find out more,  please contact Sarah Adams

Deanery Based Catechist Course:

In addition to the on-line course,  we would like to offer any deanery that would like us to run a course for catechists to contact us and we will endeavour to provide you with what you need.


The department supports the process of RCIA in our diocesan community offering opportunities to renew and re-energise this process of welcome and initiation. We see this having a direct link with the work of evangelisation. If you would like support to start and RCIA group in your parish, please contact: Sarah Adams –

Retreat day for Catechists:

It is hoped that, once we are able to meet in person, we will be able to run a retreat day for catechists. This will be an opportunity for catechists to be nurtured in their own spiritual life in a relaxed and prayerful environment

Please watch this space!

Recommended Reading for Catechists:

New Directory for Catechesis 2021

Companion to the Directory for Catechesis 2021 –

An Evangelising Catechesis published by Our Sunday Visitor 2021