Our Global End
Members of the NCCL will achieve competence as leaders in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis within the teaching mission of the multi-cultural Catholic Church in the United States.
An Inspirational Leader
Sr. Susanne Hofweber, OP
ADRIAN, MICHIGAN - August 28, 2017 - Sister Susanne Hofweber, formerly known as Elizabeth Hofweber, died on August 27, 2017 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 80 th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Detroit, Michigan to August and Emily (Campbell) Hofweber. Sister graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in History from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan; a Licentiate in Philosophy from Santo Domingo University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Sister Suzanne spent 43 years ministering in elementary, secondary and adult levels of education in Rockwood, Clawson and Saginaw, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Toledo and Assumption (Swanton), Ohio; Miami Shores, Florida; Santurce and San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Santo Domingo and Las Matas, Dominican Republic. Sister was Executive Secretariat of the National Conference for Diocesan Directors (NCDD) for six years, and for two years was the National Program Director for St. Vincent Center of Apostolic Development, both located in Washington, D.C. She also was an Administrative Assistant for the Nokomis Chapter Office in Dearborn Heights for three years. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2012.

Sister Suzanne is survived by a sister, Marian Zeleznik, of Clare, and a brother, August J. (Jack) Hofweber, of Bloomfield Hills, both in Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Bill Hofweber, and a sister, Dorothy Gatchell. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

Members of NCCL hold Sr. Susanne Hofweber, her family and religious community in prayer. Her legacy of proactive leadership continues to influence the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and catechesis today.
Pray For Our Sisters and Brothers in Texas
#HurricaneHarvey
NCCL members were just gathered in Texas a few months ago for #NCCL2017. We experienced true Texan hospitality, and are holding close those memories, as we pray for all those who are affected by Hurricane Harvey. Friends, colleagues, their families and communities are being supported through donations by NCCL members at this time.

For more information on donating:

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church, is monitoring the progress of Hurricane Harvey, along with the local Catholic Charities agencies in Texas and Louisiana, and taking action toward assisting in the recovery efforts.

Funds raised will assist Catholic Charities agencies in the affected region to extend emergency help to families and individuals. Additionally, the US bishops are launching a collection that will assist Catholic Charities in both the immediate and long-term recovery efforts.

If you would like to contribute to the recovery efforts, are resident in the US, you may text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 or visit  www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
Website Navigation Update:
New "How To" Videos Just Released
Why is it important to update and populate member profiles?

  1. Accurate membership data is vital for members to facilitate and sustain a national networking presence.
  2. Member profiles contain organization names (parish, diocese, or corporation), leadership role (Rep Council, Board), catechetical role (Diocesan Director, PCL, Diocesan Staff), addresses, phone numbers, etc. which will assist other members to search, engage and support NCCL's national ministerial efforts.
  3. Each member profile provides social components; emailing, notifications, friend requests, upload a profile photo, change password and much more.
  4. Voting in elections requires that Membership Type (Professional, General or Associate) be selected.
  5. Voting privileges are extended to members with active NCCL Memberships who have completed all required edits in the Basic Information and Additional Member Information sections of the member profile.

See you on nccl.org !
 #NCCL2018
#NCCL2017 Updates
Various Presentation Recordings Available!
The #NCCL2017 Annual Conference provided an experience of transformative leadership throughout a four day journey of prayer, reflection, inspiring presenters, and professional relationship building.

Various recordings of the presenters are now available for purchase. If you missed these great sessions, or would like to re-visit the presentations, you can do so by going to the NCCL Shop.


Digital Mp3 recording cost:
$8.00 for members*
$10 for non-members
*Must be logged in as an active member to nccl.org to receive discount.
Be a Steward of NCCL
Contribute to the Mission of NCCL
Echo the Promise is a yearly appeal that supports NCCL adult faith formation initiatives.   Fifty percent of donations are made available for current projects that promote the professional development of current NCCL members. The other fifty percent is held in an interest-bearing restricted account which has a current value of $25,000. When the account reaches $100,000 NCCL will allocate 5% of its value to adult faith formation projects.

Donate now to help NCCL reach it's goal of $4,000!
Only $965 left to go!
    Thank you to our generous donors:
Total: $3035

Tena Allain, Alicia Alvarez, Jose Amaya, Mark & Gina Buckley, Patricia Burbage, Teresa Burns, Lorraine DeLuca, Sr. Connie Derby, Richard Drabik, Carole Eipers, Pam Fischer, Nancy Ferrari, Carol Ann Gaddis, John Gaffney, Gina Garroway, Susan Grenough, Jackie Hopper, Diane Kledzik, David Lara, Fr. David Loftus, Christine Malmevik, Elizabeth Marcil, Margaret Matijasevic, Jayne Mondoy, Ellie Nelson, Ken Ogorek, Libia & Thomas Howard-Paez, Sr. Betty Paul, Garry Pokorny, Tom Quinlan, Sr. Sally Russell, SSJ, Bishop Sylvester Ryan, Sr. Frances Sanzo, Deborah Scopacasa, Paulette Smith, Michael Steier, Joe Swiss, Katie Tassinari, Becky Thompson, Denise Utter, Michael Westenberg, Archdiocese of Los Angeles - Office of Religious Education, Diocese of San Jose, Diocese of Tuscon, and Paulist Evangelization Ministries.
#StartWithaSmile
When you #StartWithaSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to National Conference Of Catechetical Leadership. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0969407 and support us every time you shop.
Catechetical Sunday
NCCL Resources
Catechetical Sunday Digital Toolkit 
NCCL has launched a Catechetical Sunday webpage with various digital tools for catechetical leaders to unpack the theme, "Living As Missionary Disciples." 

Highlighted this week:

Take A Spiritual Journey This Upcoming Liturgical Year.
Explore the call of the catechist to be a missionary disciple. For the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Easter, NCCL, NFCYM, NCEA, and CRS will accompany catechists in unpacking Catholic Social Teaching and its direct link to the Baptismal call of missionary discipleship. Each session will be offered  prior to the liturgical season listed  to equip participants with tools and resources for the upcoming weeks to be used for personal and communal reflection.
  • Echoing the Holy Family in Advent: Human Life as both Sacred and Social to the Missionary Disciple
  • Missionary Discipleship in Lent: The Value and Quality of All Life
  • Easter: Exploring our Connectedness with our Human Family and the Earth
Catechetical Sunday Pins
This Catechetical Sunday Pin is a wonderful way to affirm catechists in their ministry of “living as missionary disciples” and forming others to live as missionary disciples. It is a great gift for catechumens as they journey through the RCIA process, for those preparing for confirmation, and indeed for all “missionary disciples."  In the "Joy of the Gospel," Pope Francis says that all disciples are “missionary disciples." This pin evokes his wisdom that all disciples are invited to “Walk with Christ/Camino con Cristo” and accompany one another on a road that often twists and turns, and leads us to conversion.


$3.75 for non-members
$3.00 for members

Contact the office for quantity discounts  office@nccl.org
USCCB Resources
In our present culture, how do we best form missionary disciples? What are some key principles that should be included in pastoral planning to ensure we are reaching the peripheries? What has been said about missionary discipleship and how can I share with others in my parish or organization a concise understanding of it? If you have asked any of these questions or are seeking to engage the Holy Father’s call to go out of our comfort zones to help others Encounter Christ, be Accompanied on their faith journey, be Welcomed into a Community of Faith and Formed to become Missionary Disciples – these resources are for you!

All of these resources serve as preparation for and helpful resources following the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America and the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.

Context and Tools to Assess and Enhance Catechetical Formation in an Evangelizing Spirit 
The National Directory for Catechesis worksheets offer opportunities for reflection, assessment, and ongoing formation of those who have a responsibility and a role in the evangelization and catechesis of others.
Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for the New Evangelization
Living as Missionary Disciples provides dioceses and parishes and other church ministries with a road map to "new paths for the Church's journey" of evangelization. It is not intended to provide a ready-made program for a parish to follow or a detailed strategic plan to implement. Rather, it offers principles that dioceses and parishes can apply to their efforts in evangelization and missionary discipleship.
Six Tasks of Catechesis
The heart of catechesis is about a relationship with Jesus Christ. The whole church community is responsible to help form believers to deepen their relationship with Jesus. Catholic Relief Services contributes to the tasks of catechesis by forming disciples to recognize and serve Christ who is present in the poor.
Download and share  information on the six tasks as a flyer. 
Strong Catholic Families :
Partnered Webinar Series
Families Celebrating Sacraments:
From Formation to Transformation
Session 1: Thirteen: Engagement or Exodus?

Thursday, September 28, 2017
2:00 pm EDT

According to research done by Saint Mary’s Press, thirteen is the median age that Catholic youth disaffiliate with their faith and join the rising tide of “nones” in the country. It is also often the age at which many young people are completing their final step of full initiation. What’s the connection and what critical role does the family play within the sacramental dynamic?

The Strong Catholic Families Webinar Series is presented in partnership by these
national Catholic organizations working together to help parents bring home the faith.

  • National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
  • National Conference for Catechetical Leadership
  • National Catholic Educational Association
  • National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers
Save the Dates...
Partnership On Adolescent Catechesis
The Joy of Adolescent Catechesis, developed over the past three years by the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis, has been contributed to by members of all three partnering organizations (NFCYM, NCCL, and NCEA) and has been published through NCEA. The thirty page document puts forth vision and outcomes of adolescent catechesis and examines some of the foundational elements necessary for successfully forming young people to serve as missionary disciples in the world. The document also contains over twenty -five reflection questions for leaders and catechists to use as a means of discussing, applying, and integrating the principle points highlighted throughout the document. Printed copies are TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT but the digital bilingual pdf is available for $10 at nccl.org/shop. E-book versions are also available:  Kindle Edition and iBooks Edition.
Publishing Partnerships with NCCL
The Effective Catechetical Leader Series with Loyola Press
The Effective Catechetical Leader series, developed in conjunction with the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and written by some of the top catechetical leaders in the country, is the only series to encompass all the various aspects of catechetical leadership. This series provides the practical skills, strategies, and approaches that ensure successful parish faith formation in an evangelizing manner, which leads directly to a vibrant Church.  Learn more at Loyola Press.  Every promotion or purchase of this series directly contributes to the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. Be a contributing steward to NCCL by utilizing this great new series!



The ECL app 
The ECL app puts wisdom and practical help in the palm of your hand. Drawn directly from the six books of The Effective Catechetical Leader series, the ECL app provides an opportunity for catechetical leaders to center themselves spiritually each day, focus on specific pastoral issues, and identify go-to strategies for meeting the challenges of serving as an effective catechetical leader.
Available for  iOS & Android  devices.
Together, you and Pope Francis can lead the world in helping migrants and refugees. 
How will you respond? Start planning today.
Pope Francis is being joined by bishops across the U.S. and around the world in launching a global campaign to support our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes seeking a decent and safe life for their families. This historic campaign, “Share the Journey,” will respond to some of the most desperate of God’s children and your leadership and inspiration is needed.

You can help your diocese, parish, school or other organization participate in the “Share the Journey” campaign along with Pope Francis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, and the Church’s global charitable network, Caritas Internationalis. Through prayers and acts of compassion and support, you can help shape conversations and actions to answer the Gospel call to love our neighbors.
September 27:  The official launch in Rome by Pope Francis

October 7-13 Week of Prayer and Action across the U.S.

A website with resources for parishes, schools, universities, national organizations and other groups will go live the week of September 5.


 
Download a PDF of this  Save the Date  in  Español  or  English

#FutureOfCatechesis Pledge
Current Pledges
Pledgers : Jose Amaya, Patricia Burbage, Sara Carey, Dione Grillo, Lorraine S. DeLuca, Johan Engström, Justin Huyck, Matthew Furjanic, M. Magdalena Gonzalez, Ellisa Hayes, Jackie Hopper, Marie Lybolt, Jayne Mondoy, Ellie Nelson, Ken Ogorek, Tom Quinlan, Bryan Reising, Michelle Ross, Stanley Szczapa, and Kristin Witte 

Total New Members Pledged
108

Goal: 200 New Members

Act now... Take the
#FutureOfCatechesis Pledge
Jayne Mondoy, NCCL Treasurer, reported to the Representative Council on the importance of inviting new members to secure NCCL financially for the future. Take the pledge to invite and secure 5-10 new members in your local diocese. Your personal advocacy for our professional organization enhances the national voice of catechesis and its influence. Affirm your commitment to such and take the pledge. Invite others in your province/constituency to do the same: #FutureOfCatechesisPledge
(To assist in promotion, an informational link has been provided: http://conta.cc/2fYD4hI which you can use in emails, on social media or a website, etc.)   
Professional Development Opportunities
The State of Catholic Education
September 12 th
4pm EST


Join the National Catholic Educational Association for an overview of the current state of Catholic school education and learn about highlights from NCEA’s Annual Statistical Report from the 2016-2017 academic year. Gain a national perspective on issues related to Catholic education and take advantage of this unique opportunity for Q&A with NCEA President/CEO, Dr. Thomas Burnford.
The Spirituality of Children: Today’s Prayers, Tomorrow’s Prophets
Tuesday November 14, 2017
4 pm EST


Frequently when a topic of spirituality surfaces, people presume that we are talking about adults. We don’t often talk about children and spirituality. Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, thinks we can. And need to!
Join her to explore the characteristics of a child’s spirituality as well as things we can do—as catechists, teachers and parents—to nurture that spirituality.
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