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Parish Catechetical Leader (PCL) Track

This is an all-encompassing three-part series of workshops offering the spiritual, catechetical, relational, and philosophical topics essential to leadership in parish catechetical programs.  Whether a catechetical leader is tasked with ministry to adult, teens, children, or all three, the workshops in this track cover vital administrative skills, including recruitment and training of catechists, planning and evaluation of curriculum and programs, and managing pastoral and parental relationships.  In addition, this track addresses areas such as evangelization and its link to catechesis, catechetical program organization and assessment, working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, serving those with special needs, and fostering the vocational discernment and spiritual formation of others.

We recommend to take these courses in the order they appear, although it is not required to do so.
Courses of StudyProgressLast viewed
Foundational PCL Certification
Personality and Profile of the Successful PCLIn Progress
Evangelizing Catechesis: The 21st Century MandateComing Soon!
Prayer: Introduction to the Spiritual Life of the CatechistIn Progress
Teaching Catechesis for ConversionIn Progress
Essential Link Between Liturgy and CatechesisIn Progress
Getting Parents Involved as Primary EducatorsComing Soon!
Planning for Success: Program Organization and Assessment
Recruiting, Training, and Forming Catechists IIn Progress
Recruiting, Training, and Forming Catechists IIIn Progress
Religious Education Material Evaluation and SelectionComing Soon!
First Penance and First Eucharist PreparationIn Progress
Confirmation PreparationIn Progress
Advanced PCL Certification, Part I
Analyzing Doctrine with Doctrinal KeysIn Progress
Sacred Scripture: The Big PictureIn Progress
Philosophical Foundations of CatecheticsIn Progress
Legal Issues for PCLs: Ecclesial & CivilComing Soon!
Magisterial, Conciliar & Catechetical Documents IIn Progress
Magisterial, Conciliar & Catechetical Documents IIComing Soon!
Discipling AdultsComing Soon!
Catechesis for Persons with Physical or Developmental DisabilitiesComing Soon!
Adult Catechetical Methodologies & Learning StylesIn Progress
The Catechumenate: The Paradigm for all CatechesisComing Soon!
Advanced PCL Certification, Part II
The Deposit of Faith Across the CurriculumComing Soon!
The Human PersonIn Progress
Catechetical MentorshipComing Soon!
Being Guided & Guiding SoulsIn Progress
Budgeting, Time Management & Goal Planning for Religious EducatorsComing Soon!
The Parish as Workplace: Essential Realities & RelationshipsComing Soon!
Developing Religious Education Policies & ProceduresComing Soon!
The Evangelizing ClassroomComing Soon!
Catechesis & Inculturation for Diverse CommunitiesComing Soon!
Child Catechetical Methodologies & Learning StylesIn Progress

Electives for this Track

To view or start an elective, click on its title from the list below.

Adult Catechesis

  • Adult Faith & Moral DevelopmentComing Soon!
  • Hispanic Adult Ministry Strategies IComing Soon!
  • Hispanic Adult Ministry Strategies IIComing Soon!
  • Catechetical Skills Builder Intensive I & IIComing Soon!
  • Catechesis & CounselingComing Soon!
  • Catechesis & Deliverance/HealingComing Soon!
  • Contemporary Catechetical Issues & Their Philosophical RootsComing Soon!
  • The Catechumenal Model in Other Forms of CatechesisComing Soon!
  • Stages of the CatechumenateComing Soon!
  • The Parish: Home for the CatechumenateComing Soon!
  • The Parish: Home for Parent FormationComing Soon!
  • Rationale for the Catechumenate: Christian Initiation in the 21st CenturyComing Soon!
  • Relations Among Parish, Diocese & Holy SeeComing Soon!
  • Catechetics & Conversion SpiritualityComing Soon!
  • Catechetics & History IComing Soon!
  • Catechetics & History IIComing Soon!
  • Catechetics & Catholic IdentityComing Soon!
  • Forming Souls Through Small GroupsComing Soon!
  • Formation Work with Men IComing Soon!
  • Formation Work with Men IIComing Soon!
  • Formation Work with Women IComing Soon!
  • Formation Work with Women IIComing Soon!
  • Outreach & Evangelization Ministry IComing Soon!
  • Outreach & Evangelization Ministry IIComing Soon!
  • Baptism Preparation MinistryComing Soon!
  • Marriage Preparation MinistryComing Soon!
  • Digital Catechesis: Using Tech Tools to Teach Eternal TruthsComing Soon!
  • Parish Organizational Health I & IIComing Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Adult MinistryComing Soon!
  • Creative Adult Formation ApproachesComing Soon!

Children's Catechesis

  • Child Faith & Moral DevelopmentComing Soon!
  • Teen Faith & Moral DevelopmentComing Soon!
  • Use of a Textbook & Other ResourcesComing Soon!
  • Going Deeper with the Ecclesial Method Coming Soon!
  • Selecting and Planning Liturgical & Prayer Experiences for ChildrenComing Soon!
  • Classroom ManagementComing Soon!
  • Grading & AssessmentComing Soon!
  • Beyond the ClassroomComing Soon!
  • Managing the Classroom Like St. John BoscoComing Soon!
  • Lesson Planning for ConversionComing Soon!
  • Shifting to Family-Centered ParishesComing Soon!
  • Preventive System of St. John BoscoComing Soon!
  • Engaging Youth CultureComing Soon!
  • Counseling and Pastoral Care With TeensComing Soon!
  • Understanding Catechesis with TeensComing Soon!
  • Theology of the Body: Teaching Catholic Sexuality to TeensComing Soon!
  • Introducing the Liturgy to ChildrenComing Soon!
  • Introducing the Scriptures to ChildrenComing Soon!
  • Introducing Reconciliation to ChildrenComing Soon!
  • Introducing the Eucharist to ChildrenComing Soon!
  • Observing & Evaluating TeachersComing Soon!
  • Working with Pastors & PrincipalsComing Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Children's MinistryComing Soon!
  • Creative Children's Ministry ApproachesComing Soon!

Ministry of Parenting

  • Theology of the FamilyComing Soon!
  • Domestic Church & School of HolinessComing Soon!
  • Godly DisciplineComing Soon!
  • Parental Fortitude & Sunday SpiritualityComing Soon!
  • Evangelical Effectiveness of ParentingComing Soon!
  • Mentoring Other FamiliesComing Soon!
  • Parent SaintsComing Soon!
  • Child Saints, Part I: The Church's Young Treasure Coming Soon!
  • Child Saints, Part II: Seeing Your Child in His Light Coming Soon!
  • Barriers to Evangelization Occurring for Parents & by ParentsComing Soon!
  • A Family Vocation to HomeschoolingComing Soon!
  • Some Means for Parishes to Foster Evangelizing FamiliesComing Soon!
  • Training Parents to Form Their Children in a Catholic Vision of SexualityComing Soon!
  • Questions for Parishes in Discerning Evangelization Efforts for FamiliesComing Soon!
  • The Sacramentality PrincipleComing Soon!
  • Spiritual Honesty & Spiritual JoyComing Soon!
  • The Best of Effective Contemporary Teaching StrategiesComing Soon!
  • Renewing Faith in Our FamiliesComing Soon!
  • Pilgrimage & Prayer in Family LifeComing Soon!
  • Faith in Hispanic Families IComing Soon!
  • Faith in Hispanic Families IIComing Soon!
  • Faith in African-American FamiliesComing Soon!
  • Fostering Vocations IComing Soon!
  • Fostering Vocations IIComing Soon!
  • Fostering Vocations at Home IComing Soon!
  • Fostering Vocations at Home IIComing Soon!
  • Wife & MotherComing Soon!
  • Husband & FatherComing Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Family MinistryComing Soon!
  • Creative Family Ministry ApproachesComing Soon!
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