Religious Education

The Religious Education Office exists to assist the parishes of the diocese in developing effective catechetical programs. Staff will come to parishes free of charge to work with pastors, parish councils, principals, coordinators, parish and/or school catechists, parents groups etc. regarding the organization, training and resources necessary to establish effective catechetical programs from early childhood to adulthood.




Contact Information:

Office of Religious Education
2207 West Main St, PO Box 104900
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4900
Tel: 573.635.9127
Fax: 573.635.2286


Human Sexuality Education: policy and guidelines for human sexuality education in parishes and schools.

First Reconciliation and Eucharist: policy and guidelines for the preparation and celebration of Reconciliation and Eucharist with children.

Certification of Parish Religious Education Directors and Coordinators:  policy for the orientation, formation and leadership training for parish catechetical leaders.

Certification of Parish Catechists: policy for the formation of catechists in parish religious education programs based on the Jump Start workshops and the Continuing Formation Courses (see below)

Policy for Selection of Elementary Catechetical Textbooks: policy regarding the elementary religious education textbooks recommended for use in the diocese.

Catechetical Assessmentpolicy regarding the administration of the ACRE Catechetical Assessment Program in parishes


Jump Start Workshops: a basic formation program for parish catechists consisting of five two-hour workshops. (presented online or onsite)

Continuing Formation for Parish Catechists: a series of four full length courses: scripture, doctrine, morality and sacraments for formation of parish catechists. (presented online or onsite)

Parish Catechetical Leadership Program: a course on leadership for parish religious education DRE’s and coordinators.


Book Library: print material (textbooks and resources) for catechists from early childhood through adult available for examination or check out.

What To Do When Book: a resource manual for parish catechetical leaders containing diocesan policies, guidelines, curriculum and helpful background material.


Orientation for Volunteer Parish Religious Education Coordinators: a basic introduction to the services and resources of the Office for new parish religious education coordinators.

Support Groups for Parish Coordinators and DRE’s: regional gatherings of parish DRE’s and coordinators to discuss common problems, share resources and learn from one another. Schedule.

Education Commission In-service: a workshop to help education commissions clarify roles, set goals, determine policy and evaluate parish religious education programs.

Parish Consultation Services: meeting with parish leadership and committees to assist with program planning and problem solving.

Evaluation of Parish Religious Education Programs: an onsite examination of the parish religious education program from the perspective of criteria outlined in the National Directory for Catechesis


Planting and Watering: an online newsletter for catechists and catechetical leaders in parishes and schools.


Frameworks Courses: a variety of courses available for parish adult groups (see Continuing Formation for Parish Catechists above).

Come and See Night: a one-night presentation for parishes about parish adult faith formation and the possibility of forming a parish adult faith formation team.

Adult Faith Formation Team Building: a process to help parishes form and train a team to plan and implement adult faith formation.

Adult Faith Formation Programs: resources (designed for small groups) for parishes interested in providing adult faith formation especially during the season of Lent.