University of Dayton Class Dates

Classes for 2015 arranged by the Diocese of Pueblo 

Please email Sr. Betty Werner about any of the following.

Cycle 1: January 18 – February 21, 2015
Study of the “Joy of the Gospel”
A Vision for Catholic Youth Ministry

Cycle 2: March 8 – March 28, 2015 (3 week seminar)
Our Hearts Were Burning

Cycle 3: April 12 – May 16, 2015
Relational Ministry with Youth
Parish and Social Action

Cycle 4: May 31 – July 4, 2015
Ecclesiology: Beginnings of Church
Prayer and Worship with Adolescents

Cycle 5: July 19 – August 22, 2015
New Testament
Mary, Holy Possibility

Cycle 6: September 6 – October 10, 2015
Survey of Catholic Social Teaching
Vocation to Ministry

Cycle 7: October 25 – November 28, 2015
Introduction to Practical Morality
Catholic Teaching on Chastity, Family Life, and Human Sexuality Education (3 weeks)

To register for a course outside of this schedule go to and register for the course of your choice.


Minors Volunteer Form

This form is to be filled out by those minors (under 18) who wish to volunteer in a parish.

It is available in two formats:

Fillable PDF form

Word from

Catechetical Formation Process




The goal of the catechist formation process is to assist catechetical leaders and catechists in their ministry of supporting parents as the primary educators of their children so that together the Good News of the Gospel can be faithfully and effectively passed on to everyone.

The goal is that every catechetical leader as well as catechists in the Diocese of Pueblo achieve and maintain certification.

BASIC CERTIFICATION –  (Completion of Option 1, 2 or 3)


Option 1 – Echoes of Faith or Ecos de Fe – A Video/DVD Catechist Formation Program in English or Spanish (Use of accompanying workbooks is highly recommended)

Phase I – Ability to Communicate the Message (4 hours)

  • Getting Started as a Catechist (2 hours)
  • Methodology for Grades 1-2, or 3-4, or 5-6, or7-8 (2 hours)

Phase II – Spiritual and Human Formation (4 hours)

  • Roles of the Catechist (2 hours)
  • The Person of the Catechist (2 hours)

Phase III – Theological Formation (20 hours)

  • Liturgy and Sacraments (4 hours)
  • I Believe/We Believe – The Creed (4 hours)
  • Catholic Morality (4 hours)
  • Prayer and Spirituality (4 hours)
  • Introduction to the Scriptures (4 hours)

Phase IV – Adult Formation, a DVD providing helpful suggestions when working with adults.


It would be advisable for a beginning catechist to complete Phase I in either English or Spanish before beginning to teach.  The remaining Videos/DVD’s could then be completed within a three-year period.

Echoes of Faith Videos/DVD’s may be obtained at the Deanery level or checked out free of charge from the Media Center at the Diocesan Office.  Contact Joyce Rivera at 1-800-354-2729 ext 100 (Pueblo – 544-9861 ext 100).

Option 2 – Workshops on Similar Topics Listed in Echoes of Faith or Ecos de Fe Offered by a Pastor or Qualified Presenter


Option 3 – Two University of Dayton Courses plus a Teaching Certificate or Phase I of the Echoes of Faith Program

  • Survey of Catholic Doctrine or Catholic Beliefs (Dayton Course)
  • Sacraments (Dayton Course)
  • Phase I of the Echoes of Faith Program, or a Teaching Certificate from the Colorado State Department, or a similar workshop on Methodology

Upon completion of one of these options, the Office of Lifelong Catechesis should be notified by the parish catechetical leader, and a certificate of completion will be issued.  Copies of these certificates should be kept on file in the parish or religious education office.




To maintain certification and to continue in one’s own spiritual growth, it is important to complete approximately ten clock hours of religious formation each year.  These hours could consist of workshops, webinars, Dayton University courses, or similar religious enrichment experiences.

ADVANCED CERTIFICATION (Highly Recommended for CRE’s)

  • Option 1 – BS or BA in Religious Education, Theology, Sacred Scripture or Pastoral Ministry
  • Option 2 – Level II, New Wine, Ministry of Christian Service or Semillas Del Reino
  • Option 3 – Completion of Dayton University’s Level I and Level II program

English                                                            Spanish
Level I                                                              Level I

Survey of Catholic Doctrine                                Introducción a la Biblia
Introduction to Scripture                                    Fundamentos de la Fe
Images of Jesus                                               Cristologia
Sacraments                                                     Sacramentos
Introduction to Catechesis                                 Introducció a la Catequesis
Introduction to Prayer                                        Introducción a la oración

Level 2                                                             Level 2

Old Testament                                                  Antiguo Testamento
New Testament                                                Nuevo Testamento
Ecclesiology: Beginnings of the Church              Eclesiologia
Introduction to Practical Morality                        Moral Cristiana
Faith and Human Development                          Metodologia Catequética
Vocation, Spirituality and Discipleship               Pastoral Hispana
of Catechesis

  • Option 4 – Just Faith and Engaging Spirituality
  • Option 5 – Study Combined with Workshops Using the Following Books Published by Loyola Press in English or Spanish

English                                                          Spanish

Christology                                                    Cristologia
Church History                                               Historia de la Iglesia
Mary and the Saints                                       Maria y los santos
Sacramental Theology                                    Teologia Sacramental
Theological Reflection                                     Reflexión teológica
Ecclesiology                                                  Eclesiologia
Scripture                                                       Escritura
Christian Morality                                           Moral Cristiana

Upon completion of one of these options, the Office of Lifelong Catechesis should be notified by the parish catechetical leader, and a certificate of completion will be issued.  Copies of these certificates should be kept on file in either the parish or religious education office.


DRE/CRE Duties

  • Verify that the following information is kept (in a locked file if possible) for each catechist either in the parish office or in the religious education office:
    • Background check
    • Code of Conduct that is signed every three years
    • Volunteer Application form and reference check (under Background check)
    • Certificate of completion for the online session of “Shield the Vulnerable”
    • Documentation of courses completed for Catechist Certification and Ongoing Education
  • The Office of Lifelong Catechesis should be notified when a catechist or CRE has completed Basic and/or Advanced Certification.  Appropriate documentation indicating the work completed at each level should accompany this notification.  Upon review and approval by the Director of Lifelong Catechesis, a certificate of completion will then be prepared by the Director and sent to the individual completing the certification process.  The DRE / CRE will receive and copy, and the pastor will also be notified and receive a copy of the certificate.



Catechist Vocation

The call to the ministry of catechist is a vocation, an interior call, the voice of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit serves as a guide in the development of the catechist’s vocation and spirituality, which is proper to the specific role each catechist has.  The spirituality centers on an encounter with Jesus Christ.  It is rooted in the living Word of God  (National Directory for Catechesis)


This is a sublime calling, and it is important that catechists be practicing Catholics who participate fully in the communal worship and life of the Church and who have been prepared for their apostolate by appropriate catechetical training.  Their commissioning by the Church is a participation in the divine calling to teach as Jesus did.  The Diocese of Pueblo is committed to preparing catechists well for their ministry and seeing to it they have sufficient resources for that preparation.


The Diocese considers it important for catechists to do the following:

  • Participate weekly in the Sunday Eucharist
  • Practice a disciplined habit of daily prayer
  • Complete the certification process
  • Participate each year in ongoing education