485 Church Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 373-1335
Fax: (831) 373-3351
The Department of Catechetical Ministries in the Diocese of Monterey participates in the Church`s mission to enable all people regardless of race, language or country of origin to come to a profound and living knowledge of God in order to live a life of Christian Faith.
Catechetical Ministry forms adults in the foundational beliefs of the Catholic Church and assists them in the training and catechizing of others.
The fulfillment of the catechetical needs of the diocese and the provision of catechetical resources for all parishes which includes formation of catechists and master catechists, formation and training of parish DRE`s and CRE`s, formation of Catholic School religion teachers and the development of policies and guidelines for the sacraments of youth. This ministry also includes the on-going formation and training of R.C.I.A. leadership and teams.
As the Diocesan Catechetical Office, our major concern is to serve the parishes in the Diocese and to be faithful to the mandate of the Church regarding Catechetical Ministry. I quote from the General Directory for Catechesis (1997) in order to clearly indicate our mandate:
The principal competencies of the Diocesan Catechetical Office are the following: to identify the catechetical needs of the Diocese; to promote the formation of catechists; to identify for parishes the necessary catechism, directories, guides of catechists and materials for those being catechized; to foster the catechumenate and groups responsible for catechists; to provide formation for parish catechetical leaders; to collaborate with the liturgical office in catechumenal and initiatory catechesis. General directory for catechesis #266 (adapted).