This office works to promote the religious
education and spiritual growth of pre-school and elementary
school students who participate in Parish religious education
programs by forming and supporting catechetical directors and
We do this through such efforts as:
The Diocese of Colorado Springs utilizes the
Effective DRE series, a joint project of NCCL and Loyola Press,
for certification of parish directors and coordinators of
formation programs and as the theological certification of our
teachers of religion in the Catholic schools. This office as part
of this program offers four workshops a year and one spiritual
retreat day. Further information about this program is included
in the Leading the Way booklet available from the certification
The Diocese of Colorado Springs has adopted
the “Echoes of Faith Plus” series as the basis for catechist
formation and certification. This video-assisted series was
developed by NCCL and produced by RCL. The Diocesan Resource
Center has three sets of the series, including on Spanish
language set, for the parishes to use. This office will organize
facilitator training and provide assistance to any parish wishing
to use the program. Further information about catechist
certification is included in the Sharing the Way booklet
available from the parishes or the certification link.
Retreats and Days of Reflection
Yearly retreat days are planned to minister
to the spiritual renewal of our directors and catechists.
This office has formatted essential curricula
for grades kindergarten through sixth. They are based on the
eight domains of ACRE (Assessment for Catechesis/Religious
Education from the national office of Religious Education, NCEA,
in Washington D. C.).
This office has developed Diocesan policies
for the First Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance with
children, the Celebration of First Holy Communion with children,
Infant Baptism and Confirmation.
This office will generate an electronic
newsletter to all parish catechetical directors to encourage and
support their professional efforts.