Office of Catechetical Leadership, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Formation


"To create a movement of hope for a changing world by realizing the foundational interface between the Gospel Message expressed through the life of the Church and our society. To use the expression of catechesis as an integral part of the Church’s central task of evangelization to invite the spiritual development of all people through an active and worshiping participation. To nurture and give support to the professional and spiritual development of all Parish Catechetical and Youth Ministry Leaders so that they may lead all in their care, the young through the aged, to a gradual personal conversion and commitment to our Lord, Jesus Christ."

-Vision Statement: Office of Catechetical (2004)



Contact staff for this Ministry

The organization of catechetical pastoral care has its reference point in the Bishop of the diocese. The diocesan Office of Catechetical is the means by which the Bishop as head of the community and the teacher of the doctrine utilizes to direct and moderate all the catechetical activities of the diocese. (GDC 265)

The diocesan Office of Catechetical 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


Professional competency standards are maintained and conformity to those standards is expected. Catechist certification in both our parishes and schools is standard practice. Numerous opportunities for professional and personal development as well as obtaining various levels of certification are offered.