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Catechist Certification

Catechist Certification is an essential part of the ongoing formation for Catechists. 

The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires that all catechists complete Basic Certification with their first two years as catechists.   There are lots of ways Catechists can earn their certification.  Please see below for a link to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's Catechist Certification information page and links to resources and log sheets.


Archdiocese of Atlanta Catechist Certification Page


Catechist Basic Certification Log


Catechist Intermediate Certification Log


Catechist Advance Certification Log


Levels of certification: Credit may be earned concurrently, but certificates are awarded in advancing order

  • Basic: 24 hours required (14 courses with specific content; see Chapter 4)
  • Intermediate: 42 hours required (course hours in specific content area)
  • Advanced: 48 hours required (course hours in specific content areas)

Certification Resources:


Two Great Catechist Messages from Archbishop Gregory

Because you asked, we have added a new video clip of Archbishop Gregory inviting catechists to work toward Catechist Certification. There is also a video produced last year welcoming and thanking catechists for their dedication and ministry. These videos can be used at catechist meetings or emailed to your catechists.

Archbishop encourages Catechist Formation video (new)

Welcome and Thank you Catechists video

Register Now for the University of Dayton Online Certificate Program!

The Office of Formation & Discipleship is again offering a special tuition incentive to earn a Certificate in Youth Ministry or a Certificate in Catechesis through the University of Dayton online program. This is a widely recognized certificate to add to your professional ministry credentials - and available for a nominal price. For complete information and costs, see the detailed flyer for each program on our website.

Catholic Parent Revival (CPR)

The Catholic Parent Revival is crossing the country to support, motivate, and revive the faith of parents and grandparents through stirring music and song, inspiring messages, stories, and deep powerful prayer. Pass the word to the catechists and parents of your parish to come for an evening of CPR -  inhale a breath of new life into your vocation as a parent. Events in English and Spanish at 6 locations across the Archdiocese!

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Events


In addition to the September CGS Training, there are two opportunities to network with the regional group. August 27 is a materials-making and album-page writing day. On October 29, Mary Mirrone, National Director for CGS will speak here in Atlanta. Need support in making materials? A group meets at Mary Our Queen. Contact Elizabeth Piper for additional information.

Grandparents Day is September 11th

The trend to empower families to actively participate in the faith formation of their children is growing. In planning for parish faith formation, remember to consider the important role of the grandparent. Sr. Janet Schaeffler's GEMS Issue on Grandparents is a great source for practical ideas and best practices for including grandparents in faith formation. Of particular interest is a list of articles to help families connect with grandparents at a distance. Click on links below:

Best Practices: Support for Grandparents (Part 1)

Best Practices: Support for Grandparents (Part 2)

Best Practices: Support for Grandparents (Part 3)

New Labor issues Dec 1


You may already know that new labor laws (FLSA) go into effect on December 1, 2016. This change in the laws may impact parish staffing.  Pastors and business managers were invited to an HR session about the labor laws. Consult your pastor and business manager about how to proceed. If you need additional information, contact Marquita Richburg at

Upcoming Events

Click on event for details and registration:

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 Training: 2016-2017


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