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 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.



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: 


Please use the most current COVID Response Guides and Sacrament Policy, which may be accessed below:

COVID Response- Guide-Faith Formation-12.11.2020, Final Revision

COVID Response- Guide-Ministries & Events- 12.11.2020, Final Revision

COVID Response- Guide- Youth Activities-12.11.2020, Final Revision

Approved Changes for Chapter 7 Sacrament Policies-14 December.2020


This Sunday, September 20, is Catechetical Sunday. Bishop Burbidge has recorded a video message for parents, students and catechists. Directors of Religious Education are encouraged to email the links below, to parents and catechists at their parishes. 

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge's video message:

USCCB Resources on Catechetical Sunday:

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


To view Bishop Michael Burbidge's message to Catechumens and elect, please view below, by clicking the link:

To view Bishop Michael Burbidge's message to Directors, Assistants and Catechists of Religious Education, please view below by clicking the link:


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Year of Saint Joseph

Information for Directors, Coordinators and Catechists of Religious Education

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Bishop Burbidge's Letter to Catechists

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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

Information for SPRED and the Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs in the Diocese.


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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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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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.


Speakers Bureau

Request a speaker for your parish or school event.