• Resources and Formation for Religious Education

Catechetical Resources

“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 and Office of Divine Worship 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.

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Basic Catechist

Basic Catechist Certification

Learn how to earn basic diocesan certification as a catechist.

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Master Catechist Program

The Master Catechist Training Program is open to experienced catechists who are ready to deepen their involvement in the catechetical ministry of the Church.


Special Religious Development (SPRED)

Find a parish program and other information about religious education for developmentally disabled children and adults.

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Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Find an interpreted or captioned Mass and other information for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Catechetical Leaders of the Diocese of Arlington

Parish directors and coordinators are encouraged to participate in the Catechetical Leaders of the Diocese of Arlington (CLDA). The CLDA is an important means of networking, while promoting educational and spiritual growth.

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Religious Education Policies

Religious Education policy and directory resources for DREs and Catechists.

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Diocesan Catechetical Conference

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

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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.


Speakers Bureau

Request a speaker for your parish or school event.

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Bishop Burbidge's Letter to Catechists

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Practical Apologetics

Learn more about the workshops devoted to equipping you in your ability to articulate Church teaching on questions important to millenials and Generation Z youth.

FUS Catechetical Institute

The Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University

Training and supporting the key catechists (clergy, professional and volunteer catechists, parents, and others) through conferences, online workshops, videos, audio, personal mentorship, and more.