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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.
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Pray For Our Sisters and Brothers Affected By Extreme Weather Conditions
Ways to Support
Hurricane Harvey & Hurricane Irma
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.

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 have also launched an emergency national 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


Additionally, our sisters and brothers throughout the Caribbean and in Florida are experiencing the wrath of Hurricane Irma. Islands have been devastated, and Floridians are preparing for the potential impact Irma will have. Catholic Relief Services has been responding:

Working closely with local government and partners, including Caritas, CRS teams are now on standby to quickly assess the needs and respond.

Your gift will help provide shelter, water and critical supplies, including tarps, tents, and hygiene and kitchen kits to families affected by this oncoming disaster. If markets remain open, CRS will also make cash available to affected families so they can purchase what they need.

To donate, please visit catholic relief services' webpage dedicated to this hurricane relief.
The Legacy of Sr. Susanne Hofweber, OP
Historical Heritage Project
NCCL will be launching a series of interviews in its Historical Heritage Project. These interviews tell the story of catechesis from the perspective of revolutionary catechetial leaders. Included in those interviews is the voice of Susanne Hofweber, OP. With her recent passing, NCCL will share some of her voice, as you hold her and her loved ones in prayer these days.

" I am Susanne Hofweber and I was born Elizabeth Jane Hofweber in Detroit on December 6, 1919. My parents were very loving parents. My father was from Wisconsin. His parents and grandparents were from Bavaria in Germany. My mother’s father and mother were from Ireland, my grandfather from County Mayo, Castlebar, and so the background is very Catholic and very close family knit. I am one of five children, I have an older brother, two younger sisters, and I had a younger brother who is no longer with us. From the age of six, I went to St. Theresa’s School in Detroit, Michigan and the school was run and taught by Dominican Sisters. My great admiration for these Sisters led me to want to join them and so after high school I joined the Adrian Dominicans. "

Susanne served in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, where she taught. Despite the tyrannical regime, and her personal experience of oppression, she received her degree, a Licentiate in Philosophy from the National University. Following that, she traveled to the Haitian border. When Bishops began to speak out about the treatment of the poor, the Church became a target for much persecution. It was then that the Bishop " had decided that we should get as many people baptized, confirmed and married as possible before we would be thrown out of the country or be expelled and so the catechesis was of this nature....Now Vatican II had taken place within those years and it was a great excitement in the church and an exuberance of everything that went on, so the idea that we were going to just give people the sacraments as soon as we could prepare them was a little bit odd at that time in history but under the circumstances was a very, very wise move because the country had been without priests for almost two hundred years." For six years, Susanne served in this capacity and prepared many catechists. "... In teaching these teachers we taught them the very basics, what the sacrament of baptism is, what the mass is, and the mass. When the priest would come for mass, you know, and for the baptisms and so on, it was an event, a big event for the people. I recall going up to one very remote village and after we had crossed a river all along the way they had flowers on posts, all the way because the Sister and the Priest were coming, it was something really unique in their lives."

Susanne assisted with the translation of the documents of Vatican II.
She recalls her experience of first learning about Vatican II, stating, "Vatican II was just beginning and we were so high up in the mountains that on a short wave radio we could listen every night to what had happened during the day at Vatican II. We could get this French station and the English translation and every night on the floor, because of Trujillo and the persecution, we didn’t dare have a radio and so we just turned off the lights and listened. There was a summary every night of what was going on in Vatican II. So that’s pretty much where the first excitement about Vatican II began. We had no papers or anything to learn more about it." Following this initial experience, she worked closely along Spanish Bishops, thrilled by the excitement they brought back from the gathering. She recalls, "I was working as a consulting theologian and I headed catechetics for the Island. I would get the documents as soon as they came out from Rome and the joy of being able to work with those documents, you know, with a couple of other theologians and with the Bishop. Before the Bishops sent them back these documents were really the result of worldwide consultation and that, to me, was one of the biggest joys of my teaching, of my religious life; The ability to watch the changes that you made being incorporated in the final document that was published. You never can know, when you work like that.... it is a pure joy to see that you can influence documents."

As the first non-ordained and female Secretariat for the National Conference for Diocesan Directors (NCDD now NCCL), Susanne Hofweber's robust experience in catechesis influenced our membership organization significantly. In our upcoming Historical Heritage Project, you will hear more about her contribution to the vision of catechesis in the United States. In the meantime, here are a few quotes that informed her time as a catechist:

"The hope of catechesis is to make God more known to people."

"Live it. Just live it. Kids can see through any words that you say, but if you live it, and if you love them, they know it."

"The message is really, love. That's what God is. "
 #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
#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
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
Evangelization & Faith Formation of Families:
10 Key Findings from a National Survey
Thursday, September 14, 2017
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presenter: John Roberto, Survey Coordinator
Co-Sponsored by the NCCL Evangelization Committee & Catholic Apostolate Center


In Winter 2017, the Evangelization Committee of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) conducted a survey to understand how parishes and schools are involved in the evangelization and faith formation of families and parents/grandparents. They survey asked leaders to identify their approach to families, the ways they evangelize families and engage them in faith formation, the ways they reach families at home. The survey concluded by inviting leaders to describe the challenges they face in the evangelization and faith formation of families. The Family Survey Report presents the research findings from the 468 parishes and schools that responded. The respondents came from across the United States, representing over 400 zip codes.  This webinar will present 10 key findings from the survey including the most important ways that parishes and schools are engaged in evangelization and faith formation with families, and the significant challenges facing leaders.
On the Way of Catechesis:
Highlights of History, Hope for Ministry
Presented by:
Gerard F. Baumbach
Date: Sep 12, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT


The Church’s catechetical witness burns as a fire across centuries and through lives of faithful service. We navigate the way ahead informed by this compelling history, which yields extraordinary witness along the way of catechesis.
For this webinar, we will (1) explore some contemporary perspectives and four characteristics for advancing catechesis; (2) consider selected highlights from major eras of the Church’s catechetical history; and (3) reinforce our looking ahead as a breathing community of living faith, still emerging, developing, and inquiring.
Indeed, our shared past informs our shared future for catechesis and the New Evangelization!
Creative Answers and Specific Approaches to Young Adult Faith Formation
Panelists include:
Robert Feduccia, Amy McEntee, Gabriella Karaszweski, and Nicki Uerling.

Date: Sep 19, 2017
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT


Young adult faith formation is diverse, just as the Millennial Generation (born between 1982 and 2000) is diverse. Faith formation leaders know how to nurture the faith of children, parents, empty nesters, and elders. Young adults who are more spiritual seekers than mass goers challenge faith formation business as usual.
This webinar features panelists with a variety of young adult faith formation ministry experiences. These young adult ministers will offer creative and practical ways to help Millennials grow in authentic faith and in Christian community.

Suggested reading before the webinar: "Faith Formation with Young Adults" in the April edition of the CL Magazine .

Co-Sponsored by NCCL's Adult Faith Formation Committee and Ave Maria Press.
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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