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Office for Catechesis

Parish Grants

Catechetical Leadership Personnel (Directors or Coordinators of Religious Education) of our diocese assist parents in their role as the primary educators of their children. DREs and CREs do this by coordinating and directing various religious education programs in the parishes of the diocese. These programs assist parents and all adult parishioners in their own faith development as well as the faith development of youth. Also, these DREs/CREs are responsible for the training of the catechists – those who actually teach and share their faith with the participants of parish catechetical programs – by providing catechists formation opportunities.

It is essential that our parishes have qualified personnel to achieve all the responsibilities of the administrative position of Director or Coordinator of Religious Education. It is also equally essential that the catechists of our parishes be qualified to share their faith and the teachings of the Catholic Church with conviction and accuracy.


Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope Capital Campaign:

To assist in the formation of catechetical leaders and catechists for their respective roles, an endowment for Catechist Formation and Religious Education was created through the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope capital campaign. Money from this endowment is available to:

    • Assist in the professional training of the Catechetical Leadership Personnel of the diocese;
    • Support catechists in attaining or advancing their certification in the Diocesan Catechist Formation Process;
    • Supply media and catechetical/adult enrichment materials; and
    • Enrich programs for adult faith formation.

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Two of the areas that the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois named in the case statement of the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope campaign as worthy of endowment monies are catechist formation and adult faith formation. The Office for Catechesis is responsible for administering monies for projects that advance formation opportunities in either of these categories.

There are three grants which have been created to help distribute these monies. Each grant has its own corresponding application:

Catechetical Leadership Grant
  • The catechetical leader being funded must be an administrator or administrator in training of faith formation programs for a parish in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois who demonstrates a positive, Christian lifestyle consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Grants may be awarded for enrollment in academic programs such as undergraduate or graduate degrees in theology or religious education, certificate programs for continuing education related to the administration of parish catechetical programs or other similar programs of formation including course materials (e.g. textbooks) for programs designed to give administrators the training needed to be successful in ministry.
  • Programs must be approved in advance by the Office for Catechesis.
  • Programs may be a series of courses taken over time, with reimbursements made after completion of each segment of the larger program.
  • Expenses that are non-catechetical in nature are not eligible – e.g. salary, lodging, meals, travel.
  • Other ineligible expenses include previously purchased coursework and personal items used to assist with training (e.g. laptops or computers) as well as conferences that do not award credit or otherwise measure competency in the event content.

 APPLICATION: Catechetical Leadership Grant