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Catechist Formation: Embark on the Journey



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Catechist Formation: Embark on the Journey



Course Description


This is the first step in the new Catechist Formation Process of the Archdiocese of Detroit for parish and Catholic school catechists. In this initial orientation course, you will be invited to consider more deeply what it means to be human and what it means to be called by God to the ministry of catechesis. You will also be introduced to the next steps of the Catechist Formation Process and be assured of our prayers as we accompany you on your journey of ongoing catechist formation. Upon completion of both the self-paced and live portions of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for further catechist formation modules built on the Encounter-Grow-Witness evangelization paradigm of Unleash the Gospel.



Patty Chase, Sacramental Preparation and Adult Faith Formation Coordinator, Archdiocese of Detroit 

Tom Clark, Childhood Faith Formation Coordinator, Archdiocese of Detroit


Module Activities:

In each module, please view the video presentation and submit a written reflection based on the reflection prompt. You will not be permitted to advance to the next module until these two tasks of the current module are completed. Upon successful completion of all activities and participation in the group discussion, students will be issued a certificate of completion and be eligible for future Catechist Formation Process courses.


Schedule of Topics:

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the Catechist Formation process. In this brief course, participants will progress through four short modules which primarily consist of a video and a reflection exercise.  As you progress through this course (and the future courses), we recommend keeping a single backup document with all of your reflections copied and saved on it.  A template with the reflection questions can be found in the introductory module. This will help streamline the process when it comes time to discuss your progress/reflections with your facilitator.

Self-Paced Modules

  • Introduction Module
  • Module 1 - Philosophical Foundations: What It Means to Be Human
  • Module 2 - The Vocation of the Catechist: God Has Called You!
  • Module 3 - Outline of the AOD Catechist Formation Process
  • Module 4 - Commissioning: Blessing for the Journey 



No required textbooks for this course. 


Contacts / Support

If you have any questions, please use the common contacts below:

Technical Questions (IT Issues)

Certification Process Questions

Content Based Questions

Melissa Pordon

Freeda Marable

Your Local Facilitator  |  313-868-7031  |  313-237-5904

Approved by AOD EDM


Technical Requirements:

Canvas Tech Requirements

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