Office of Catechetics
The Office of Catechetics at Aquinas College exists to form catechists so that they may faithfully participate in the Church’s mission of evangelization and to “make disciples of all nations.” The Office of Catechetics strives to prepare catechists who possess a confident knowledge of Church doctrine; who have a proper understanding and skill in right pedagogy; and who are themselves faithful disciples of the Lord.
For Catechetical Resources and the Online Catechetical Formation Program, visit the Office of Catechetics website.
Presently, the Office of Catechetics at Aquinas College directs three main programs:
- Catechist Formation Program
- St. Thomas Aquinas Theological & Catechetical Forum
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training
Catechist Formation Program
Aquinas College developed the Catechist Formation Program to assist various dioceses as they help pastors, principals, and directors of religious education train prospective catechists in Roman Catholic doctrine. By making available faculty, research, and scholarship prepared in the light of the Magisterium of the Church, the Program offers a systematic and organic formation program based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other catechetical documents of the Roman Catholic Church and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Program is a non-credit program supported by Aquinas College in light of its overall mission. Currently, the CFP is offered in the Diocese of Nashville, Knoxville, and Lexington. The program is offered in two formats: live trainings and online.
The St. Thomas Aquinas Theological & Catechetical Forum at Aquinas College offers an intensive study of a particular point of Roman Catholic doctrine or devotion, led by Aquinas College faculty members and invited speakers. The Forum offers a variety of lectures as well as opportunities for Mass, personal prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, and sacramental Reconciliation. Attendance can be counted toward hours needed for diocesan catechist certification programs. Please visit the Forum page for more information »
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach or method of faith formation for young children 3–12 years old. It is a systematic method of Catholic faith formation for children which is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Training sessions are hosted on site at Aquinas College and at other locations during the year and each summer by nationally recognized and certified CGS trainers. Please visit the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd page for more information »
Other Formation Programs
The Diocese of Nashville Catechetical Conference provides ongoing formation for diocesan catechists. The Office of Catechetics at Aquinas College works in collaboration with the Diocese to host the conference. The goal of the conference is to provide catechists with a solid formation in the teachings of the Catholic Church and to inspire within the catechist a deeper love of Christ. There is also a desire to provide ideas and inspiration and the practical skills needed for effective catechesis and evangelization.
Bible Study Trainings, Workshops, and Conference Presentations
The staff in the Office of Catechetics has been involved in and is available to give presentations or host a variety of trainings, workshops, and talks at conferences. The Office of Catechetics periodically hosts training sessions or workshops at Aquinas College. The staff is also available to give workshops and talks for school faculty, religious education catechists, at retreats or conferences.