religious education

    The mission of the Office of Catechetics is to support, assist and guide the catechetical apostolate carried out in the religious education programs in the parishes of the Diocese of Arlington.


    The Office of Catechetics collaborates with other diocesan offices in order to ensure that children, young people and adults have the opportunity to deepen their faith and grow in a more profound understanding of all that God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – has said and done for the sake of our salvation.

    Catechesis, also called religious education, is an essential element of the mission of the Church. The aim of catechesis is “to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 4).

    From the beginning, the followers of Jesus Christ have responded to the Lord’s command to “go…and make disciples” by proclaiming the Gospel message throughout the world. “Catechesis is the word used to describe this essential ministry of the Church through which the teachings of Christ have been passed on to believers throughout the ages” (National Directory for Catechesis, 1).

    “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt. 28:19-20).

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