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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
The Kerygma: Key DoctrinesIn Progress
Prayer: Introduction to the Spiritual Life of the CatechistIn Progress
Teaching Catechesis for ConversionIn Progress
Essential Link Between Liturgy and CatechesisIn Progress
Leadership
The Family as the Context of CatechesisIn Progress
Planning for Success: Program Organization and AssessmentIn Progress
Recruiting, Training, and Forming Catechists IIn Progress
Recruiting, Training, and Forming Catechists IIIn Progress
Ministries
Religious Education Material Evaluation and SelectionIn Progress
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 & Civil
Magisterial, Conciliar & Catechetical Documents IIn Progress
Magisterial, Conciliar & Catechetical Documents IIIn Progress
Ministries
Discipling AdultsComing Soon!
Catechesis for Persons with 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
Conversion in Modern CultureIn Progress
The Human PersonIn Progress
Leadership
Catechetical MentorshipIn Progress
Being Guided & Guiding SoulsIn Progress
A Guide to Echoing the Mystery: Unlocking the Deposit of Faith in CatechesisIn Progress
The Parish as Workplace: Essential Realities & RelationshipsRelease Date: To be Announced
Ministries
Developing Religious Education Policies & ProceduresRelease Date: To Be Announced
The Evangelizing ClassroomIn Progress
Catechesis & Inculturation for Diverse CommunitiesRelease Date: To Be Announced
Child Catechetical Methodologies & Learning StylesIn Progress
Unlocking the Rich Treasure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Four Part Test and Test Preparation
Unlocking the Rich Treasure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part 1In Progress
Catechism Test: Pillar One
Unlocking the Rich Treasure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part 2In Progress
Catechism Test: Pillar Two
Unlocking the Rich Treasure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part 3In Progress
Catechism Test: Pillar Three
Unlocking the Rich Treasure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Part 4In Progress
Catechism Test: Pillar Four

Electives for this Track

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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 & Giving CounselComing 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

Ministry of Parenting

  • Theology of the FamilyComing Soon!
  • Godly DisciplineComing Soon!
  • Parental Fortitude & Sunday SpiritualityComing Soon!
  • Evangelical Effectiveness of ParentingComing Soon!
  • Mentoring Other FamiliesComing 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!
  • 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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