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Recognition of Catechists

Catechetical Sunday 2023

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Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Next year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 17, 2023, and the theme is: “This is my body given for you." Those who the parish community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.



Years of Service Recognition

At the end of each academic year, I would like to have catechists who have reached landmark years of experience recognized with a special certificate from our bishop. Please use the form below to identify catechists and parish catechetical leaders (e.g. director/coordinator of religious education, lifelong faith formation, etc.) who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 etc. years of total years of service in the ministry of catechesis in the academic year.

In addition to years of service, if there is a catechist who is retiring, a special recognition is available. Please indicate "Retiring" in addition to the total number of years of service regardless of the 5-year anniversary.

Catechists include PSR teachers, Catholic school faculty, adult faith formation leaders (including RCIA), youth ministers, anyone who serves the parish through faith formation initiatives. If a catechist or parish catechetical leader has served in other parishes, whether in this diocese or outside our diocese, those years of experience may be included.

Please print the catechists’ names on the enclosed form and indicate which landmark year (multiples of 5 only) for which these persons are being recognized. Add additional sheets if necessary. Completed forms are due April 15 for recognition at the end of the school year along with recognition on Catechetical Sunday the following September.

Office for Catholic Education

1615 West Washington Street

Springfield, IL 62702-4757

Attn: Recognition for Catechists


Certificates for each catechist will be sent to parish catechetical leaders in late spring so they can include them as part of your end-of-year appreciation ceremonies. If you have any questions, call Kyle Holtgrave at (217) 698-8500, x. 154 or email .

Thank you for all you do to build the kingdom of God!

In Christ,

Kyle Holtgrave

Director for Catechesis


Catechist_Recognition_Form.pdf - 2023 Edition

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