Office of Faith Formation

“And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:11) 

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

Through the work of catechesis, the Catholic Church hands on the faith that she believes, celebrates, and lives to every generation so that people can enter into communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ.



New Catechetical Messages/Documents from Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge


For information regarding the Human Person and Gender Ideology, please access the documents below:

Bishop Burbidge's Letter Concerning Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology

A Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology

Policy for Schools and Ministries related to the Human Person and Gender Ideology



Message from Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge concerning the Holy Father's institution of the Ministry of Catechist in his motu proprio titled "Antiquum Ministerium"

The following is the link to the Bishop's statement on the Diocesan homepage under Bishop's public messages:

To access the document on the Vatican website, please click this link: 



Catechetical Sunday 2021

For this year, Catechetical Sunday falls on September 19, 2021. To hear a video message from Bishop Burbidge, please see the video link for the video message to parents, students and catechists. 

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge's video message for Catechetical Sunday 2021

USCCB Resources on Catechetical Sunday 

Congratulations to all who have begun religious education and good luck to those who will begin soon.




A Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology

A Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology

Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington


Pastoral Letter of Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington

In Tongues All Can Hear | Communicating the Hope of Christ in Times of Trial


33 Spiritual Reflections for Daily Living

By Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

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Bishop Burbidge's Letter to Catechists

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Year of Saint Joseph

Information for Directors, Coordinators and Catechists of Religious Education

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Straight Answers- Very Rev. William P. Saunders, Ph.D., Episcopal Vicar for Faith Formation

Father's website entitled "Straight Answers".


News and Resources for the Office of Faith Formation

Current news and other resources for the Office of Faith Formation

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Faith Formation Event Recordings

Videos and podcast recordings from previous workshops hosted by the Office of Faith Formation.

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DRE/ Catechist Resources

Religious Education policy and directory resources for DREs and Catechists.

Family Formation

Family Faith Formation

Family friendly resources for Faith Formation

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Special Ministries

SPRED / Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Catechetical Conference

Diocesan Catechetical Conference

The Diocesan Catechetical Conference is held each November and provides catechists with an opportunity for ongoing formation, spiritual renewal, and networking.

Consejos de Catequesis

Consejos de Catequesis

El directorio de los Consejos de Catequesis.

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Resources for Adult Faith Formation

Find recommended resources to deepen your knowledge of the faith and to support Adult Faith Formation efforts in the parish.