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

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.

Seeds of Faith:

‘The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.’  St. John Paul II

The Department for Adult Education and Evangelisation is offering a faith formation course ‘Seeds of Faith’ for experienced and inexperienced catechists, and anyone interested in learning more about our Catholic faith.

The course consists of ten Saturday afternoon sessions, we will journey together, share ideas and grow in this special ministry. The sessions start at 3pm, finishing at 5pm, with refreshments from 2.30pm.

This is an in-person, live event, the first session starts on Saturday 18 June at St. George’s, Billet Street, Taunton, TA1 3NN. There will be Mass at St George’s at 5.30pm each Saturday.

The dates of the course are 18 June, 25 June, 9 July, 16 July, 3 September, 17 September, 24 September, 8 October, 15 October & 22 October.

The course fee is £40 (or £5 per session), the payment details can be found on the booking form.

For more information, a booking form and/or to register your interest, please contact:

Booking form

Seeds of Faith booklet 2022

Seeds of Faith 1 poster


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 –

Celebrating the Rites; why bother?

Retreat day for Catechists:

A retreat day for catechists was held in September 2021. It was an opportunity for catechists to be nurtured in their own spiritual life in a relaxed and prayerful environment.

You can watch the keynote talks below from David Wells and Ingrid La Trobe. These videos are also accompanied by their slide show in PDF format below.

Slides for David Wells: David Wells presentation

Slides for Ingrid La Trobe: Ingrid La Trobe presentation

David Wells part 1

David Wells part 2

David Wells part 3

David Wells part 4

Ingrid La Trobe part 1

Ingrid La Trobe part 2

Ingrid La Trobe part 3

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