Catechist Formation & Certification

The personal faith and ministerial development of catechists is essential for the quality and success of our Church’s mission to “go and make disciples.” Catechists must have a personal relationship with Christ and sufficient knowledge of the Church’s proclamation of the Good News of Christ. It is vital, therefore, that catechists continually reflect on Scripture, engage in prayer, and study the teachings of Christ and the Church.

St Robert of Newminster Church offers catechists a variety of opportunities for on-going formation and development. Throughout the year, catechists are invited to participate in catechetical conferences, formation sessions, and independent study, according to their personal development needs.




“Catechesis is nothing other than the process of transmitting the Gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it, and communicates it in many ways.” (General Directory for Catechesis #105)

The Diocese of Grand Rapids requires that all catechists have at least a basic level of certification. This requirement not only ensures that catechists know and understand the message that they are passing on, but it also invites them to a personal experience of transformation.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids provides guidelines for the Certification of Catechists.


Receiving Credit Toward Certification

After attending a formation session/conference or completing and independent study experience, catechists complete a Catechist’s Learning Page and submit it to the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation to receive credit toward certification.


Maintaining Certification Records

While the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation will record catechist formation credits for each catechist, it is suggested that catechists also maintain records of their formation experiences on a Catechist Certification Application/Renewal worksheet.