Catechist Certification

ORE Certification

The Office of Religious Education provides formation for the certification of catechists in accordance with the guidelines established by the California Catholic Conference of Bishops. CA Guidelines.pdf

  • These guidelines outline the process and standards whereby a catechist can gain or renew the California Catechist Certificate, or by which an experienced catechist can gain or renew the California Master Catechist Certificate.
  • The California Catechist Certificate is awarded to those candidates for certification who successfully complete a program of formation approved by the Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education and designed for the particular purpose of basic catechist formation. Catechists are certified for a period of three years, and are expected to participate in ongoing formation to maintain and renew their certification.
  • The Office of Religious Education has devised a program of formation comprised of three distinct steps, or phases:
    1. Theology Phase
    2. Specialization Phase
    3. Practicum Phase
  • Upon completion of the process for certification, candidates are invited to be commissioned by the local ordinary as the Chief Catechist of the Archdiocese at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at a special Ceremony of Commissioning which usually takes place on or about the Second Sunday of September each year. Following the commissioning ceremony, newly commissioned catechists are registered as Certified Catechists in the Archdiocese and the California Catechist Certificate is issued and mailed.


Flor de Maria Luna
Coordinator of Catechists Formation or (213) 637-7654

Giovanni Perez
Coordinator of Catechist Formation (Spanish) (213) 637-7344

Elizabeth Argueta
Administrative Assistant or (213) 637-7358

Certificación Básica Para Catequistas

Es el proceso por el cual se capacita a la persona catequista con fundamentos esenciales de nuestra fe y se le habilita con herramientas útiles para comunicar el mensaje cristiano con eficacia.

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