The Office of Catechesis supports and implements policies for religious education carried out in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs of the Diocese of Lansing. It is committed to all catechetical ministries, offered to both adults and students, which have as their goal a deepened faith and a more profound understanding of the person of Christ (Pope John Paul II, Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae, 5).

The aim of catechesis is not simply to instruct, but to form people as Christian disciples and bring them to lifelong communion with Jesus Christ. The Diocesan Office of Catechesis accomplishes this mission through efforts in three areas:

Leadership development
Forming and supporting more than 3,000 catechetical leaders

Religious education programs
Catechetical programs for 34,000 children and adolescents

Catechist certification
Forming catechists for their mission to spread the good news

The priorities of the Diocesan Office of Catechesis are:

• To ensure that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is incorporated into all catechesis.

• The formation and certification of directors of religious education, teachers and catechists to reflect the importance of the four pillars of the Catechism (Creed, Sacraments, Commandments, Prayer).

• A comprehensive evaluation of religious education texts with respect to their doctrinal content and appropriate pedagogical methodology.

• The continued support and development of all those engaged in passing on the Catholic faith to the newest generation of believers.



Praying the Mass with children and adolescents
A catechist’s guide to the new translation

First Communion interviews

Elementary religion curriculum

Secondary religious education curriculum

Religious education for teens and children

Michigan Winter Gathering of Parish and Diocesan Cathechetical Leaders - Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness

This event has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Catechist formation in the Diocese of Lansing

Clinton/Shiawassee Vicariate

Eaton/Ingham Vicariate (Okemos)

Genesee Vicariate 

Jackson Vicariate (Brooklyn)

Jackson Vicariate (Jackson Catholic Middle School)

Lenawee/Hillsdale Vicariate (Adrian)

Livingston Vicariate (Howell / Hartland)

Washtenaw Vicariate

Catechist Formation Session Evaluation Form

Reporting forms


Confirmation liturgical preparations

How to assist the bishop at the confirmation liturgy

Celebrating the sacrament of confirmation:
Protocol and preparation

Models of catechesis:
The keynote address of His Eminence Avery Cardinal Dulles

National Catechetical Sunday

National Catechetical Sunday, designated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops as the third Sunday in September each year, is set aside as an opportunity for all the baptized to rededicate themselves to the mission of handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.


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Protecting God's Children

Awareness Sessions for Adults

(duration of all sessions is 3 hours)

Saturday, August  9
St. Mary of Good Counsel Church
305 Division Street, Adrian
Facilitator: Brenda Sparkman
Wednesday, August 20
St. Michael Church
345 Edwards, Grand Ledge
Facilitator: Nancy Selby
Session in parish hall - enter through main canopy entrance of Church and proceed down main stairwell
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
St Patrick Church
711 Rickett Road, Brighton
Facilitator: Sr. Theresa Fifer
Session in Parish Life Center (former school) 710 Rickett Road, across the street from the church.  Enter through back gym doors under portico.
Tuesday, August 26
St. John the Evangelist Church
600 North Adelaide Street, Fenton
Facilitator:  Deacon Ron Kenney
Thursday, August 28, 2014
St Martha Church 
1100 West Grand River, Okemos
Facilitator: Jackie Rosalez
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
St Martha Church 
1100 West Grand River, Okemos
Facilitator: Jackie Rosalez
Sunday, September 14, 2014
St. Francis of Assisi Church
2250 East Stadium Blvd , Ann Arbor
Facilitator:   Linda Miller facilitator
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Holy Family Church
11824 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc
Facilitators: Jan Gravel and Terri Szukhent
Sunday, September 28
St. John Church and Student Center
327 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing
Facilitator:  Al Weilbaecher
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
St. Francis of Assisi Church
2250 East Stadium Blvd , Ann Arbor
Facilitator:   Linda Miller facilitator
Wednesday, October 22
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
955 Alton Road, East Lansing
Facilitator: Al Weilbaecher

For more information, contact:
Safe Environment Coordinator
Sally Ellis at 517-342-2551

Pre-register for a session at
Please do not call the hosting parish to pre-register.