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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
Foundations
Personality and Profile of the Successful PCLIn Progress
Evangelizing Catechesis: The 21st Century MandateRelease Date: To Be Announced
Prayer: Introduction to the Spiritual Life of the CatechistIn Progress
Teaching Catechesis for ConversionIn Progress
Essential Link Between Liturgy and CatechesisIn Progress
Leadership
Getting Parents Involved as Primary EducatorsRelease Date: To Be Announced
Planning for Success: Program Organization and Assessment
Recruiting, Training, and Forming Catechists IIn Progress
Recruiting, Training, and Forming Catechists IIIn Progress
Ministries
Religious Education Material Evaluation and Selection
First Penance and First Eucharist PreparationIn Progress
Confirmation PreparationIn Progress
Advanced PCL Certification, Part I
Foundations
Analyzing Doctrine with Doctrinal KeysIn Progress
Sacred Scripture: The Big PictureIn Progress
Philosophical Foundations of CatecheticsIn Progress
Leadership
Legal Issues for PCLs: Ecclesial & CivilComing Soon!
Magisterial, Conciliar & Catechetical Documents IIn Progress
Magisterial, Conciliar & Catechetical Documents IIRelease Date: To Be Announced
Ministries
Discipling AdultsRelease Date: To Be Announced
Catechesis for Persons with Physical or Developmental DisabilitiesRelease Date: To Be Announced
Adult Catechetical Methodologies & Learning StylesIn Progress
The Catechumenate: The Paradigm for all CatechesisComing Soon!
Advanced PCL Certification, Part II
Foundations
The Deposit of Faith Across the CurriculumRelease Date: To be Announced
The Human PersonIn Progress
Leadership
Catechetical MentorshipIn Progress
Being Guided & Guiding SoulsIn Progress
Budgeting, Time Management & Goal Planning for Religious EducatorsRelease Date: To Be Announced
The Parish as Workplace: Essential Realities & RelationshipsRelease Date: To be Announced
Ministries
Developing Religious Education Policies & ProceduresRelease Date: To Be Announced
The Evangelizing ClassroomRelease Date: To be Announced
Catechesis & Inculturation for Diverse CommunitiesRelease Date: To Be Announced
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 Development Coming Soon!
  • Hispanic Adult Ministry Strategies I Coming Soon!
  • Hispanic Adult Ministry Strategies II Coming Soon!
  • Catechetical Skills Builder Intensive I & II Coming Soon!
  • Catechesis & Counseling Coming Soon!
  • Catechesis & Deliverance/Healing Coming Soon!
  • Contemporary Catechetical Issues & Their Philosophical Roots Coming Soon!
  • The Catechumenal Model in Other Forms of Catechesis Coming Soon!
  • Stages of the Catechumenate Coming Soon!
  • The Parish: Home for the Catechumenate Coming Soon!
  • The Parish: Home for Parent Formation Coming Soon!
  • Rationale for the Catechumenate: Christian Initiation in the 21st Century Coming Soon!
  • Relations Among Parish, Diocese & Holy See Coming Soon!
  • Catechetics & Conversion Spirituality Coming Soon!
  • Catechetics & History I Coming Soon!
  • Catechetics & History II Coming Soon!
  • Catechetics & Catholic Identity Coming Soon!
  • Forming Souls Through Small Groups Coming Soon!
  • Formation Work with Men I Coming Soon!
  • Formation Work with Men II Coming Soon!
  • Formation Work with Women I Coming Soon!
  • Formation Work with Women II Coming Soon!
  • Outreach & Evangelization Ministry I Coming Soon!
  • Outreach & Evangelization Ministry II Coming Soon!
  • Baptism Preparation Ministry Coming Soon!
  • Marriage Preparation Ministry Coming Soon!
  • Digital Catechesis: Using Tech Tools to Teach Eternal Truths Coming Soon!
  • Parish Organizational Health I & II Coming Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Adult Ministry Coming Soon!
  • Creative Adult Formation Approaches Coming Soon!

Children's Catechesis

  • Faith & Moral Development: Ages 3-6 Coming Soon!
  • Teen Faith & Moral Development Coming Soon!
  • Use of a Textbook & Other Resources Coming Soon!
  • Going Deeper with the Ecclesial Method Coming Soon!
  • Selecting and Planning Liturgical & Prayer Experiences for Children Coming Soon!
  • Classroom Management Coming Soon!
  • Grading & Assessment Coming Soon!
  • Beyond the Classroom Coming Soon!
  • Managing the Classroom Like St. John Bosco Coming Soon!
  • Lesson Planning for Conversion Coming Soon!
  • Shifting to Family-Centered Parishes Coming Soon!
  • Engaging Youth Culture Coming Soon!
  • Counseling and Pastoral Care With Teens Coming Soon!
  • Understanding Catechesis with Teens Coming Soon!
  • Theology of the Body: Teaching Catholic Sexuality to Teens Coming Soon!
  • Introducing the Liturgy to Children Coming Soon!
  • Introducing the Scriptures to Children Coming Soon!
  • Introducing Reconciliation to Children Coming Soon!
  • Introducing the Eucharist to Children Coming Soon!
  • Observing & Evaluating Teachers Coming Soon!
  • Working with Pastors & Principals Coming Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Children's Ministry Coming Soon!
  • Creative Children's Ministry Approaches Coming Soon!

Ministry of Parenting

  • Theology of the Family Coming Soon!
  • Family: Domestic Church & School of Holiness Coming Soon!
  • Godly Discipline Coming Soon!
  • Parental Fortitude & Sunday Spirituality Coming Soon!
  • Evangelical Effectiveness of Parenting Coming Soon!
  • Mentoring Other Families Coming Soon!
  • Parent Saints Coming Soon!
  • Child Saints, Part II: Seeing Your Child in His Light Coming Soon!
  • Barriers to Evangelization Occurring for Parents & by Parents Coming Soon!
  • A Family Vocation to Homeschooling Coming Soon!
  • Some Means for Parishes to Foster Evangelizing Families Coming Soon!
  • Teaching Your Children About God's Plan for Sexuality Coming Soon!
  • Questions for Parishes in Discerning Evangelization Efforts for Families Coming Soon!
  • The Sacramentality Principle Coming Soon!
  • Spiritual Honesty & Spiritual Joy Coming Soon!
  • The Best of Effective Contemporary Teaching Strategies Coming Soon!
  • Renewing Faith in Our Families Coming Soon!
  • Pilgrimage & Prayer in Family Life Coming Soon!
  • Faith in Hispanic Families I Coming Soon!
  • Faith in Hispanic Families II Coming Soon!
  • Faith in African-American Families Coming Soon!
  • Fostering Vocations I Coming Soon!
  • Fostering Vocations II Coming Soon!
  • Fostering Vocations at Home I Coming Soon!
  • Fostering Vocations at Home II Coming Soon!
  • Wife & Mother Coming Soon!
  • Husband & Father Coming Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Family Ministry Coming Soon!
  • Creative Family Ministry Approaches Coming Soon!
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