April 2018
News and Views for
    Catechetical and  
         RCIA Leaders 
Published by  
The Catechetical Office
  Department of Youth Faith Formation 
Archdiocese of New York  
This Month
For All in the Ministry
New York Catholic Bible School
Webmaster's Column

Save the Date 

Saturday, June 16
NY Catholic Bible Summit
Registration Opens April 15 

Of Special Note   


  NYC Public Schools Sex Education Mandate  


Columns & Quick Links

Dear Director/Coordinator,                                             
    As I write to you. I know that many of you are working diligently to finish final preparations with your students for their reception of First Holy Communion or Confirmation. Others of you recently had the joy of seeing women, men and families you helped prepare over many, many months become fully initiated in the Catholic Church during your parish's Easter Vigil. More 
For All in the Ministry
Save the Date... and register now: 
The Ninth Annual NY Catholic Bible Summit
"Live the Gospel of Joy" 
When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
When: 8:00 am to 5:00pm 
Where: NY Catholic Center, 350 East 56 Street, Manhattan
Once again, the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office and American Bible Society have joined forces to gather Bible scholars from around the nation and the world to "Live the Gospel of Joy." Cardinals Thomas Collins of Toronto, Canada, and Juan José Omella of Madrid, Spain, will deliver the keynote addresses in English and Spanish respectively. Mario J. Paredes will represent the American Bible Society. The principal celebrant of the opening Liturgy is Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations.
   In addition, there are two full tracks of workshops, one in English and the other in Spanish. Come with your friends and parishioners, and choose from a wide array of topics addressed by returning favorite speakers and many new ones. Price: $25.00 (including lunch) per person. Get all the details at the Bible Summit webpage and make your plans to attend.  

Directors and coordinators of religious education, along with pastors and catechists, can have all the offerings and news of the Catchetical Office on their smartphones and tablets. The new Catechetical Office App, "Catechetical," available free at Google Play or the App Store, was created by the Catechetical Office webmaster, Jim Connell.

Visit our website 
Have you checked out the Catechetical Office website today? There are all sorts of informative and enlightening webinars and other learning opportunities, plus up-to-date information on all things catechetical. Be sure to visit www.nyfaithformation.org
Catechist Formation 
Get the most update information on Catechist Formation for the men and women who serve the ministry in your parish. This includes online and traditional classes. For more information and schedules, check out the Catechist Formation webpage.

By Jim Connell, Webmaster
When the NYS Bishops named five challenges facing catechetical leaders in The Catechetical Leader in the Third Millennium, the "rapid development of technology" was among them.  The bishops emphasized the importance of embracing technology for the sake of the Gospel.  How can we learn to respond to the challenge of technology?  One way, may be to take the Digital Discipleship Boot Camp (DDBC).
No matter what your technology competency, the DDBC is an opportunity to increase the skills and knowledge you need to teach and evangelize. DDBC is an online course that immerses you in the technology.  It assists catechetical and pastoral ministers to become communicators that are more effective and enhance the faith formation experience. An experienced mentor will help you along the way.  There are three levels of participation depending upon your needs and interest: the introductory level, the apprenticeship level and the pastoral technology certificate.  Please consult the DDBC website www.ddbcformation.org for more detailed information.
If you have ever thought about upgrading your computer skills, please consider the DDBC.  If you register using the code SUM18 by June 3, 2018, you will receive a 20% discount off the regular registration fee for the summer program that begins June 12.  To register or for more information about the course, see www.ddbcformation.org.  Have questions from someone who has taken the course? Contact me james.connell@archny.org.
NY Catholic Bible Schoo
  The New York Catholic Bible School, which is part of the Catechist Formation program, provides Levels 3 and 4 Catechist Certification.
 If you are a catechist who has completed Levels 1 and 2 OR you are a director or coordinator of religious education and have completed the Catechetical Leadership Program, you are eligible for a significant discount. Your tuition will be $50 per trimester, three trimesters a year. There is no registration fee.
   Note that the Bible School welcomes all adults, not just those in the catechetical ministry. For these persons, there is an annual registration fee of $35; tuition is $150 per trimester. 

First-Year Class now forming in Orange County
 Visit the Bible School website for more on this program and then complete either an  "I'm Interested" or "I'm Ready to Apply" form on line. Be sure to indicate the locale in which you are interested. If you have any questions, contact Maureen McKew, the director.
In Memoriam 
Ann C. Kearney
Ann C. Kearney, who served the Catechetical Office for more than twenty years,  died on April 14 in her 92nd year of life.
   A woman of many talents, she achieved prominence in the business world as corporate assistant secretary for International Operations at International Paper Company. This was at a time when women executives were few and far between. After retiring from this position, she became assistant to Sr. Joan Curtin, CND, director of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office. She was the first recipient of the Catechetical Medal of Honor for her vital role in the development of the Guidelines for Catechesis, both volumes. Miss. Kearney then became chaplain of the Cabrini Nursing Home in lower Manhattan. She returned to the Catechetical Office in her later years as a financial consultant.
  Ann Kearney was a devoted volunteer and advisor at her parish church, Immaculate Conception Manhattan, for more than 40 years. In addition to coordinating the ministries of lector and extraordinary minister of Holy  Communion, she served as a parish trustees. Miss Kearney was an associate of the Congregation of Notre Dame and a Lady Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
   A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, April 23, at Immaculate Conception Church.
    Her colleagues in the regions and in the central offices of the Catechetical Office will miss her.