Archdiocese of Chicago
The Archdiocese addressed their challenges in the context of the global market and decided that if an investment in training programs and formation models were to happen, it would have to offer an online option now so they would not have to make another big change in 3-5 years.
Because of the the ethnic diversity in the Archdiocese, it was important that the new programs be offered in both Spanish and Polish. They now have almost 300 Polish speaking catechists who are fully certified and teach the faith in the same way as parish-based English and Spanish programs.
In the two years since the new program launched, enrollment and completion of the certification process is the highest it’s been in the last 10 years. Over 3,500 teachers have completed the new online certification program representing over 130 schools. Dozens of parishes have moved from the old in-person and paper processes to the online catechist certification program. That kind of participation only occurs when the new program benefits everybody.