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Monday, April 19, 2021

Responding with Compassion to Local, National, and Global Tragedy

Three critical responses for catechetical leaders KATHY HENDRICKS No one prepared me for this. This thought weighed heavily on me in the immediate aftermath of the...

“You Are the Light of the World”: Pope Francis’ new mandate on clerical sexual...

BARB SZYSZKIEWICZ Pope Francis has issued a mandate on the reporting and investigation of clerical sexual abuse. The document, titled Vos estis lux mundi (You...

Are You a New DRE?

Directors of Religious Education (DREs) are a great blessing to the Church today. New DREs often enter their positions because they are fresh out...

Parish Leader: “I can’t seem to find time for my own spiritual life.”

Hildegard of Bingen wrote that "there is nothing sadder than a drooping soul". What's needed is the "greening power" of prayer. As parish ministers,...

Setting Up Council

Not everyone supports committee work!

7 Steps for a Do-It-Yourself Retreat

Plan this retreat for catechists involved in sacramental formation BY DEANNA BARTALINI Catechists work hard. They share their faith and knowledge, and they give up personal...

How to Start a Catechist Book and Media Club

One of the difficult things for volunteer catechists to do is find time to read catechetical or theological material. After all, catechists are busy people. They often have families, jobs, and household responsibilities, and, of course, they generously volunteer their time to be catechists. A book and media club might be one way to help catechists reflect on their experiences of faith. It might also be a way to help them develop a sense of community among themselves.

Collaborate with Faith Formation Leaders

6 ways youth ministers and DREs (and others) can form mutually enriching bonds BECKY GROTH Being the youth minister at a parish, whether paid or volunteer,...

NEWS: The new Directory of Catechesis is out, coming soon in English

Vatican News reports: The long-awaited updated Directory for Catechesis was released in the Vatican on Thursday. It was drafted under the direction of the Pontifical...

The Budget Crunch

DRE Data brings you concrete suggestions and up-to-date information and insight about parish catechetical leadership.