Faith Formation

The Office of Faith Formation in order to carry out its mission will...

  • Respond to the needs of DRE's/REA's, parish leaders, coordinators and catechists through education formation and resources.
  • Challenge ourselves and others to vision - creating a future rooted in the richness of the past and responsive to the Spirit of the present.
  • Equip and empower the faithful to exercise their baptismal call to evangelize.
  • Emphasize faith formation for all people as a lifelong and life-connected process.
  • Include a family perspective in all endeavors.
  • Model a particular commitment to global and local issues of social justice.
  • Foster the intimate connection between liturgy and catechesis.
  • Collaborate with all Diocesan offices, parishes and other faith communities and local agencies.

Resources Available through the Faith Formation Office:

Digital Discipleship Bootcamp: 

This is a great online opportunity for anyone employed by the Diocese of Syracuse, including teachers, catechetical leaders, youth ministers, and anyone involved in ministry that would appreciate more online tools. The certification level course is $170; however, if employees register with the diocese we are able to receive a 20% discount. For more information please visit the resources below or contact Andrea Slaven at

Click here to register for catechist formation courses, webinars, and other Faith Formation events:

Faith A Gift Received a Treasure to be Shared:
Bishop Cunningham's Pastoral 2014
(Click image to view Pastoral Letter)

The Catechetical Leader in the Third Millennium
A collaborative effort of the New York State Bishops and the New York State Council of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education, it states, in part, “The Church in New York State…needs a renewed commitment to the call, recruitment, and affirmation of woman and men of faith as parish catechetical leaders.” It also echoes and affirms the statement in the National Directory of Catechesis, from the United States Bishops, “The single most critical factor in an effective parish catechetical program is the leadership of a professionally trained parish catechetical leader.” The document focuses on five core competencies: Evangelization; Changing Parish Landscape; Family; Culture; Technology.

Catechist Certification - Diocese of Syracuse, NY: click here  for information on the Catechist Formation Program

 Click here to browse an online resource center and catalogue:

To view the video series from the North American Forum on the Cathechumanate, click here.

Circles of Care Curriculum - Review and Download Curriculum

Click here for Revised Catechetical Handbook

Faith Formation for Children and Teens with Special Needs:
The Office of Special Needs for Catechetics has resources available for people with a variety of special needs. Adaptive Sacramental Kits for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation: Gifts for All (Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation) published by Dayton University, 1000 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s are among the many resources that may be borrowed from any of the four regional Resource Centers. For more information concerning catechesis for those with special needs contact Connie Armstrong at 315-596-4014 or email

Catechists in the diocese were honored at the annual Pathways to Ministry celebration, held June 1. View a complete list of honorees here


Faith Formation

Mission Statement: We, the Office of Faith Formation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, inspired by the life and mission of Jesus, and embracing the opportunities of our time and culture, commit ourselves to educate, evangelize and empower others through lifelong and ongoing faith formation.

240 East Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

Tel: (315) 470-1431
Fax: (315) 478-4619