Enrichment Day Assists Educators, Family Members Handing on Faith


The archdiocesan Catechetical Office will present its second annual Family Catechesis Ministry Professional Day at Fordham University’s Duane Library in the Bronx Saturday, Aug. 5. The theme is “Forming the Family in the Image and Likeness of Jesus.”

Family catechesis is a vital part of religious education. Parents and other family members should be an integral part of a child’s formation in the faith. Parents are supposed to be the primary catechists of their children.

To support that, the archdiocese mandates parishes offer at least 50 hours of religious education per year, including five hours dedicated to family catechesis. The five hours are broken into two sessions of two and a half hours each.

Oscar Cruz, director of Family Catechesis for the Catechetical Office, offers courses to directors and coordinators of religious education as part of catechetical leadership training.

He also creates special days of enrichment like the one Aug. 5. The day is also available to RCIA leaders and teams, Family Catechesis team members, pastors, parochial vicars, parish associates, staff members and any interested adults. There are two tracks—one in English with Kathy Hendricks of Sadlier Publishers, as the keynoter, and the other in Spanish with Sori Govin of RCL-Benziger as the keynoter.

The price, including morning hospitality and lunch, is $25 per person. Information: nyfaithformation.org.