PATHWAYS for Catechist Formation FAQs

What is PATHWAYS? The diocesan catechist formation program is called Pathways and is a one-day, instructor-led, interactive program of prayer, learning and reflection for all parish catechists of adults, youth and children AND Catholic school religion teachers.
What is the content of Pathways? The diocesan curriculum developed for Pathways includes the following:  Session One: The Vocation of the Catechist, Creed, and Scripture
Session Two: Methodology for catechists of adults, youth or children
What’s Required? What is expected of participants at these training days? No writing is required. All curriculum materials are provided for continued study and reflection at home.
Who is expected to participate? All parish catechists of adults, youth or children are required to participate in a Pathways training day.
What are the requirements for parish catechists participating in PATHWAYS? Parish catechists must be registered members of a parish, fully-initiated Catholics in good standing, with VIRTUS training and background checks completed.
What if I went through the Pathways 2004 and was certified? Do I still need to participate in Pathways 2009? Certified Pathways 2004 catechists need only complete Session One of the Pathways 2009 training day, which includes Vocation, Creed, and Scripture. Participation in Session Two (Methodology) is optional.
After I complete a Pathways training day, am I certified? At the conclusion of the entire day parish catechists are certified in accordance with Called to Be Disciples. Catechetical Leaders will receive a diocesan certificate for each catechist completing a Pathways training day. Ongoing learning each year maintains certification.
After I complete Pathways, is anything more required? Annually, each catechist must complete at least one learning module of 3 hours to maintain certification. Multiple, flexible options will be provided.
What’s the Schedule of Pathways? Where and when are the Pathways training days scheduled? Sessions are scheduled several times a year throughout the diocese.  See the current Pathways schedule of dates and places.  The same session content is presented in each location. 

What time is the training day?
8:30 am – 9:00 am Hospitality, check in
9:00 am – 12:3 0pm Session One
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session Two & evaluation 
How do I register? Registration is at http://tinyurl.com/pathwaystraining. If you do not have access to the internet or email, you may ask your catechetical leader to register you online.
Will I get a registration confirmation? If you register online, you will receive an immediate reply email confirming your registration. If your catechetical leader registers you, she/he will receive your confirmation email. Please contact her/him to receive this important information.
What about deadlines for registration? Registrations must be entered by Wednesday of the same week Pathways is scheduled.
What about cancellations? Cancellations must be entered by noon on Wednesday of the same week Pathways is scheduled. Contact Sheri Kemp 804-622-5113 or email skemp@richmonddiocese.org. Please include your first and last name, date of the Pathways event and your home address. Your cancellation will be confirmed via email within 24 hours. If you do not receive a cancellation confirmation email, please contact Michele again. Our parish must pay for any registrations that are not cancelled by Wednesday.
What about substitutions? Substitutions must be entered by noon on Wednesday of the same week Pathways is scheduled by contacting Sheri Kemp 804-622-5113 or email skemp@richmonddiocese.org. Your substitution will be confirmed by Sheri via email. Your substitute will need to register using the online registration system. Walk-in substitutions will NOT be accepted on the day of the event. Substitutes must register online.
What’s the cost?
The parish covers the cost of Pathways, which is $20/catechist and includes lunch.   
For more information:
Contact Sheri Kemp 804-622-5113 or email skemp@richmonddiocese.org