“The fundamental task of catechesis is … the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ.” (National Directory for Catechesis)
The Sacrament of Confirmation
In 2019, Bishop Coyne chose to lower the Confirmation age from grade 10 to grade 6. This transition is happening gradually, according to the chart below. To hear why Bishop Coyne made this change, please watch this video.
|Academic Year||Grades to be Confirmed|
|2019-2020||8, 9, 10|
Confirmation Guidelines & Related Forms
Totus Tuus: Catholic Catechetical Summer Camp
Totus Tuus is a week-long camp offered at local parishes for grade-school children during the day and high schoolers at night. See the schedule below for this summer’s Totus Tuus dates!
Looking for a summer job with opportunities to deepen your prayer life, spread the Gospel, travel the state and have fun? Apply to be a Totus Tuus teacher!
Parish Catechetical Leaders (PCLs)
Events for PCLs and catechists:
- Catechist Formation Days: Moving forward, our office will focus on offering customized catechist formation days for parishes. If you’re interested in having us come to your parish, please let us know!
- Annual pastoral conference: Each year, in the fall, we offer a conference for those in all forms of pastoral ministry. This conference features a keynote speaker and workshops relevant to different areas of ministry – including catechesis!
- Annual St. John Bosco Conference for Religious Educators: This Monday-Thursday conference in Ohio is a unique and wonderful opportunity to learn new skills as a religious educator, learn from national speakers about topics that matter to you and enjoy a retreat-like atmosphere at Franciscan University. The Diocese of Burlington sent a bus of 25 participants to the conference in 2017, and 15 traveled together in 2018. Save the date for July 15-18, 2019.
Are you a new PCL?
PCL stands for parish catechetical leader. Each parish religious education program has (usually) one PCL – often called the Director of Religious Education, Coordinator of Faith Formation, or something similar.
Contact the coordinator of religious education and catechesis so that you can get connected with the Diocese and ask any questions you may have as you start in your ministry.
Beginning in August 2019, Vermont’s PCLs will be undergoing a new certification process in partnership with Franciscan University’s Catechetical Institute. Each catechetical leader has two years to complete this 12-workshop certification. For more information please see our PCL Certification Information & FAQs. To sign up for this program go here!
PCL Monthly Newsletters:
Each month, the diocese sends out a newsletter specifically tailored for PCLs with need-to-know information and tips that will help you in your ministry. If you aren’t receiving the newsletter, please contact Michael Hagan at [email protected] and we will make sure you are added to the list.
Policies & Child Protection
Safe and Sacred and Circle of Grace information can be found on the Protecting Our Children pages.
Ongoing Adult Formation
Growing in relationship with God and learning about faith is a process that never ends. “Ongoing catechesis is ‘a lifelong process for the individual and a constant and concerted pastoral activity of the Christian community’” (National Directory for Catechesis). Check with your local parish for opportunities to continue your faith formation journey. Additionally, check out the useful resources below.
- Diocesan Lay Formation Program: This diocesan program, as part of the Institute for Missionary Discipleship, seeks to form laity to assist in leadership roles in their parishes.
- St. Joseph’s College online theology programs: Vermont Catholics receive a 10% discount on online courses through our diocesan partnership.
- Formed: This is an online library of Catholic study programs, movies, videos, etc. Check with your parish to see if they already have a subscription.
- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults: This resource for the teachings of the Catholic faith is offered free online from the USSCB.
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops resources on:
Books to grow in your faith:
- “Be Holy: A Catholic’s Guide to the Spiritual Life” by Father Thomas Morrow
- “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus” by Sherry A. Weddell
- “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales
- “Catechism of the Catholic Church”
- “United States Catholic Catechism for Adults” (an adaptation of the above book)