“Laity who minister in the name of the Church within the Diocese of Baton Rouge are expected to aquire whatever theological and practical formation is necessary for the roles(s) undertaken”
– from Pagella and Policies Diocese of Baton Rouge 2009
For those in catechetical ministry these guidelines have served as stepping stones in attaining their spiritual formation. The following requirements are the minimum certification requirements for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis recognizes the following levels of certification and requirements:
Basic Certification – is required for parish elementary catechists and parish high school catechists. Catechists may acquire basic certification by completing the basic certification courses (MAT 1). Individual parishes may require certification of parish ministers and catechists in various roles. This level of certification consists of eight, ten hour courses.
It is recommended that catechists acquire twenty clock hours, taking no longer than four years to complete the process for basic certification.
Intermediate Certification – No Parish Ministry at this time requires Intermediate certification; but individuals are encouraged to move beyond the basic certification. One may acquire intermediate certification by completing 80 hours of advanced study in MAT II or Intermediate courses.
Advanced Certification – Parish Coordinators in Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation are required to obtain “Advanced Certification.” One may acquire advanced certification by completing an undergraduate degree from a Catholic University with a minimum of 20 hours of courses that align with the basic course requirements: Church History, Christology, Creed/Doctrine, Morality, Scripture, Spirituality, Sacraments, Evangelization/Catechesis/Mission.
Professional Certification – is required for Parish Directors of Religious Education (DRE). One may acquire professional status by acquiring a Master’s degree in Theology or related field from a Catholic college, seminary, or university.
Catholic Sexual Morality Certification – Those who offer education in Catholic Sexual Morality or participate in discussion in youth ministry or parish school of religion classrooms are required to be specifically certified in this area of expertise. Individuals must be certified through the Diocesan Catholic Sexuality Morality course.