Catechist Formation

Catechist Formation Overview

The late Barbara Morgan developed a two-part program for catechist certification for the Diocese of Lansing. The talks that she gave became the basis for her book Echoing the Mystery:  Unlocking the Deposit of Faith in Catechesis. (You can learn more about Barbara and her work by clicking here.) Most of the classes were recorded and are available online. For more information, please contact Lauren Sauter. There are four levels of certification:

  1. Teaching Permit: In order to be qualified to teach the Faith in a classroom setting, you must complete the 10-hour course on methodology. You may take this class online and there is no fee for parishioners of CTK.
  2. Basic Certification: For basic certification with the diocese, you must complete the 14-hour course on methodology as well as learn at least five of the required doctrines/subjects.
  3. Intermediate Certification: For intermediate certification, you must complete the 14-hour course on methodology as well as learn at least 9 of the required doctrines/subjects.
  4. Advanced Certification: For advanced certification with the diocese, you must complete the 14-hour course on methodology and all 17 required doctrine/subjects. You also must participate in an internship that includes observing a catechist and being observed.

Required Doctrines/Subjects

The list below is what the Diocese of Lansing requires.

For more information on the methodology and doctrine classes, visit the pages below:

Catechist Formation: Methodology

Catechist Formation: Doctrine

Catechist Formation Contact Information

For more information, contact Lauren Sauter, Youth Discipleship Administrative Assistant, at

Barbara Morgan, Director of Religious Education Emerita

The Catechist Certification series was developed and taught by the late Professor Barbara Morgan (1938-2019). Barbara was the Director of Religious Education (DRE) at Christ the King when it was first established in the 1980s. She left to pursue a Masters degree in Religious Studies from the Notre Dame Institute for Catechetics as well as her Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma studying with Msgr. Eugene Kevane. After finishing her studies, Barbara founded the Catechetics program at the Franciscan University of Steubenville where she taught for many years.

She retired from FUS in 2005 and moved back to Ann Arbor to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Christ the King was then blessed to have her back as the Director of Religious Education for several years before she retired again in June 2018.

In addition to her work at FUS, Barbara has authored and co-authored several books on Catechetics. Most recently, she co-authored with Sr. Athanasius Munroe, OP, Echoing the Mystery: Unlocking the Deposit of Faith in Catechesis. This major work is in many ways the fruit of Barbara’s decades of work training catechists. For more of the story behind this book, click here to read the preface.