(a ministry of the Office of Catechetical Leadership, Youth and Young Adult Ministry)


The diocesan Office of Catechesis maintains to the best of its knowledge and control that the parishes and schools are in compliance with:

  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • The General Directory of Catechesis

  • Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities (NCPD/USCCB)

  • Guidelines for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities for the Diocese of Palm Beach

  • Curriculum Guidelines – Steps in Faith Formation for the Diocese of Palm Beach

  • Chrismation Guidelines: The Continuing Journey for the Diocese of Palm Beach

  • Guidelines for Home Schooling for Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation (Province of Miami)

  • Listing of Approved Texts (USCCB)

  • Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age (USCCB)

  • Certification Guidelines for Catechists and Religion Teachers for the Diocese of Palm Beach

  • Our Hearts were Burning Within Us/A Pastoral plan for Adult Faith Formation USCCB

  • Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People USCCB



  • Searchlight Virtual School is the online source for Catechist Certification for Parish Catechists and Catholic School Teachers as well as ongoing Adult Faith Formation courses. For registration and information go to 

  • Echoes of Faith/Ecos do Fe is another avenue to achieve basic catechist or foundation teacher certification. Each parish and school is expected to have a trained facilitator on site for this purpose. Facilitator Training Sessions are offered yearly for the Echoes of Faith/Ecos de Fe catechist/teacher formation certification.

  • School of Christian Formation/La Escuela de Formacion is a three year certification process. Upon completion graduates may obtain Level III certification for teachers, master catechist certification for parish catechists, or agent of evangelization for pastoral ministers. To view the schedules for School of Christian Formation/La Escuela de Formacion, please click here.