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In order to empower teachers and parents to evangelize and catechize more effectively as they engage in their duty to pass on the faith to young people, the Archdiocese of Boston will be offering a Catechetical Certificate course for the 2009-2010 academic year. The certificate will be offered through St. Johnís Seminaryís Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) Program.
Led by Drs. David and Angela Franks, Associate Directors of the MAM program, the catechetical program will provide instruction on the major topics of the ďCatechism of the Catholic Church,Ē background on helpful teaching techniques to effectively reach youngsters, and spiritual development through working with mentors.
ďOne of the biggest issues with regards to evangelization is proper preparation of those who evangelize,Ē said Janet Benestad, Secretary for Faith Formation and Evangelization for the archdiocese.
ď(The certificate program) offers an advanced approach to catechesis and evangelization in conformity with the ĎCatechism of the Catholic Church.í Novice and veteran catechists alike will benefit. Adults seeking to deepen their faith will find it spiritually nourishing and doctrinely sound,Ē she said.