CLEVELAND, OH [MW Communications] - Fr Michael Butler, Director of Diaconal Vocations for the Diocese shared with delegates to the Diocesan Assembly plans for establishing a lay catechist training and
certification program in the diocese.
Fr Michael has proposed a virtual school with online courses developed and posted to the Diocesan Website. These courses would be supplemented with live collaborative 'webinars' with teachers and face to face weekend retreats.
Eventually an intergated curriculum for deacons, catechists, church school teachers, readers, subdeacons, choir directors and youth workers could become available.
The first step for 07-08 is to engage persons currently functioning as lay catechists within the diocese to collaborate to create content for courses in Formation for Ministry, Basics of Orthodoxy and Intro to Scripture.
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