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Office for Catechesis

Recognition of Catechists

Catechetical Sunday

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates Catechetical Sunday on the 3rd Sunday in September. This year's celebration is September 20, 2020. The 2020 theme is “I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.” The purpose of Catechetical Sunday is to call forth catechists to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.


Years of Service Recognition

At the end of each academic year, I would like to have catechists who have reached landmark years of experience recognized with a special certificate from our bishop. Please use the form below to identify catechists and parish catechetical leaders (e.g. director/coordinator of religious education, lifelong faith formation, etc.) who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 etc. years of total years of service in the ministry of catechesis in the academic year.

Catechists include PSR teachers, Catholic school faculty, adult faith formation leaders (including RCIA), youth ministers, anyone who serves the parish through faith formation initiatives. If a catechist or parish catechetical leader has served in other parishes, whether in this diocese or outside our diocese, those years of experience may be included.

Please print the catechists’ names on the enclosed form and indicate which landmark year (multiples of 5 only) for which these persons are being recognized. Add additional sheets if necessary. Completed forms are due April 1.

Office for Catholic Education

1615 West Washington Street

Springfield, IL 62702-4757

Attn: Recognition for Catechists


Certificates for each catechist will be sent to parish catechetical leaders in late spring so they can include them as part of your end-of-year appreciation ceremonies. If you have any questions, call Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500, x. 154 or email .

Thank you for all you do to build the kingdom of God!

In Christ,

Kyle Holtgrave

Director for Catechesis

Recognition for Catechists Form [link currently disconnected until Spring of 2021]

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