Office of Christian Formation,
Volume IV, Issue 16, January 2021

Happy New Year 2021!
Faithful Catechetical Ministers

Let us all follow the wisdom of Pope Francis, sharing the gift of time to be with others.

“This year, while we hope for new beginnings and new cures, let us not neglect care.

Together with a vaccine for our bodies, we need a vaccine for our hearts.
That vaccine is care.”
Pope Francis 
Emily Filippi
Director, Office of Christian Formation
Acting Director, Office of Ethnic Ministries
LEMI Welcomes 7 New Candidates
The following seven lay women were admitted to the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Institute (LEMI) in September 2020 and will begin their academic study in January 2021. LEMI is a four-year comprehensive ministry formation program for lay leaders in the Diocese of Richmond
Jennifer Gregorio Alberto
Music Teacher, St. Matthew’s Catholic School (Virginia Beach) -- pursuing M.A. Theology degree from Saint Leo University           

Cristy Barton
Coordinator of Christian Formation – Children, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Newport News) -- pursuing M.A. Theology degree from Saint Leo University                                                         

Katrina Cruz
Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Church of the Holy Spirit (Virginia Beach) -- pursuing M.A. Catechetics and Evangelization degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville                                 
Jennifer Gonzalez
Catechist, Saint Thomas More (Lynchburg) -- pursuing a Certificate of Catechesis from University of Dayton

Jo-Ann La Clair
RCIA Coordinator, Saint Thomas More (Lynchburg) -- pursuing M.A. Theology degree from Saint Leo University

Diane Lohr
Adult Faith Formation Coordinator & Youth Catechist, Resurrection Catholic Church (Moneta) -- pursuing a Certificate of Catechesis from University of Dayton      

Sarah Uy
Children's Christian Formation Coordinator, Saint Ann (Ashland) -- pursuing a Certificate of Catechesis from University of Dayton
Pandemic Relief Rebate for
Pathways: Delivered for a limited time only!
Read Bishop Knestout’s encouragement of Catechist Formation in his latest Christ Our Hope column, click here to read it in English, click here to read it in Spanish.
As a way to relieve some financial stress on your parish, and help you support your catechists, we are excited to offer a program that fosters the spiritual needs of your catechists, and strengthens your parish community without putting financial burdens on your parish. For more information and all documents, click here for English, click here for Spanish. All requests for a rebate must be sent to by January 31, 2021.
Make 2021 the year your parish...
Celebrates the Role of Godparent
Godparents are “co-workers with the parents” in witnessing the faith, an essential role which must be fostered and celebrated (125) Directory...

Simply put, when we foster strong godparents, we foster a strong parish community.

Written by Megan Cottam, Associate Director
Reflects on The Efficient Work of God
A Question for These Times

As a catechetical leader, I have heard this question often asked throughout COVID-19 now that in-person Mass has resumed: Where are the families? Understandably, many cannot yet return due to medical reasons, but what about the others? It is an important question...

Written by Abby Causey, Parish Leader
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