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Called to Discipleship

Called to Discipleship is composed of the sixteen hour Core Course, Skills Formation Day and Retreat Day. It is not necessary to participate in all three components of the program unless you want Diocesan Basic Catechist Certification. Many people who take the Core Course are simply parishioners who want to learn more about their faith. Called to Discipleship is offered in three deaneries each year. For your convenience, the Core Course: An Introduction to Theology is offered online through the University of Notre Dame STEP Program.

Called to Discipleship is intended for

  • Catechists in parishes and Catholic schools
  • Youth Ministers
  • Lectors
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • RCIA Team Members
  • Anyone in parish ministry
  • Parishioners interested in enrichment

CLICK HERE for the current schedules for Basic Catechist Certification 

Core Course 

The Core Course is a sixteen hour course consisting of a variety of theological areas of study including Old Testament, New Testament, Sacraments and Liturgy, Morality and Profession of Faith. The course is based on the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults and is offered throughout the Diocese according to published schedules in either a series of eight week nights, e.g., every Wednesday for eight weeks, or a series of three Saturdays.

Core Course–Online! 

The University of Notre Dame’s Satellite Theological Education Program (STEP) has partnered with the Diocese of Manchester to create an online version of the Called to Discipleship Core Course. STEP is an online learning community focused on bringing quality faith formation resources to the faithful for the enrichment of catechists, teachers, catechetical leaders, youth ministers, diocesan administrators, and parishioners. The Core Course is the first component in the Called to Discipleship Program and is open to all adults from the Diocese of Manchester interested in enriching their faith. Visit step.nd.edu for more information.

Skills Formation Day 

The Skills Formation Day includes a keynote address and catechetical and liturgical workshops designed to meet the needs of the participants.

Retreat Day 

The Retreat Day theme is "called to discipleship" and gives participants an opportunity to reflect on our baptismal call to discipleship. Those who complete each of the three components Core Course, Skills Formation Day and Retreat will receive diocesan catechist certification.

For more information, please contact:
Mary Jane Silvia
Director of Adult Faith Formation
(603) 663-0172

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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