Catechist Formation


Welcome to the catechist formation pages for the Diocese of Santa Rosa. Here you will find information pertaining to catechist formation, including training, resources and other related events and opportunities for learning designed to support the ministry of the catechist at both the basic and master level.

What is a catechist?

A catechist is a person of faith who is called by the parish or school community to hand on the tradition and teaching of the Catholic Church to others. This call demands that the catechist understand Church doctrine and demonstrate appropriate teaching skills. More than that, a catechist realizes God’s voice in this call to serve and recognizes the need for continuing personal growth and faith formation.

A catechist ...

  • has a strong awareness of God’s grace in his/her own life
  • realizes the importance of building Christian community
  • participates regularly in the liturgy and desires to deepen her/his own prayer life
  • is open to change, yet is deeply rooted in Christian convictions, while respecting individual growth, differences and cultures
  • communicates effectively with others
  • is committed to ongoing personal religious education and formation
  • has a dedication to service and commitment to teaching within the Roman Catholic tradition.


Sufficient support to enable adults to become a catechist should be provided by the parish in the form of consultation and the encouragement of active involvement.

The preparation to become a catechist is through formal classes provided by the diocese.  The locations of these classes vary each year.