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NCCL is committed to promoting the catechetical ministry of the Catholic Church by gathering, educating, informing, innovating, curating, and connecting diocesan and parish catechetical leaders across the United States.

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY (It's Free!)

Welcome to NCCL!

FAITHFULLY SERVING SINCE 1934...

The National Community of Catechetical Leaders is dedicated to promoting the ministries of evangelization and catechesis in the U.S. Catholic Church by fostering a community of leaders ​who proclaim ​and teach the Word of Jesus Christ ​through the witness of accompaniment, education, and formation in the Catholic faith.

Click the links below to learn more about our members and mission...

Our Mission
Our Community
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NEW IN 2024!

Introducing NCCL's
ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES 

Focused, one-month learning experiences feature Two Live Presentations, Community Forums, and Online Resources.

Topics will include: Prayer Practices, Leadership Skills, Building Intercultural Competence, and Inviting, Forming, & Supporting Catechesis

Access expert instruction and connect with fellow ministers for just $50 per course! 

All sessions are recorded, if you cannot attend in-person.

View the Full Course Catalog
NCCL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT >> REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Featured Courses

Developing Your Knowledge and Skills for Catechetical Ministry

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APRIL 11 & 18

Building Intercultural Competence

Instructor:
Sr. Ruth Bolarte IHM, D.Min.

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TUESDAYS
MAY 7 & 14

Inviting, Forming, and Supporting Parish Catechists

Instructor:
Jayne Ragasa-Mondoy

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NCCL GATHERS: CURRENT EVENTS! 

NEW Online Conferences from January 2024
and they're FREE!

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JANUARY 17 :: 1-3pm ET

Emerging Trends in Ministry
with Youth and Young Adults

Presented by:
Paul Jarzembowski, Associate Director for the Laity, USCCB
Christina Davis, Archdiocese of New York
Karen Luna, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

This set of two presentations and discussions explores the Who, the What, and the How of implementing a new framework with practical ideas for your younger target audience.

Read more about the topic and view the sessions led by our esteemed speakers...

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JANUARY 18 :: 1-3pm ET

NCCL Insights on
Models of Family Catechesis

Presented by: 
The NCCL Family Research Team
Paulette Chapman, Joan Weber, and John Roberto

Part 1 of this day dives into practices and models of family catechesis as informed by NCCL research. Then, the team explores ways that you can implement such programs in your own parish!

Tune into the replay and hear actionable strategies for 2024 and beyond...

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NCCL's Next Online Conference:

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Journeying into the Eucharistic Heart of God

Joy in Christ Jesus, Hope for the Mission
A 3-HOUR RETREAT EXPERIENCE

JUNE 5, 2024  |  Zoom Sessions from 1-4pm EST

Retreat Leader: Tom Quinlan
St. Joseph's Evangelization Center, Des Moines, IA
Learn More About The Event & Instructor

NCCL INFORMS: MINISTRY INSIGHTS! 

NEW Resources Posted to Our Site
Reports, Survey Results, & More...

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INSIGHTS & PRACTICES 

Reports on Forming Faith

  1. Practices for Forming Faith with Families & Parents
  2. Practices for Forming Faith Intergenerationally ​
  3. Practices for Forming Faith with Children
  4. Practices for Forming Faith with Adolescents
  5. Practices for Forming Faith with Young Adults

Each report in the Insights & Practices series explores the latest research and thinking on forming faith with families and age groups, and suggests practical strategies, flowing from the research, that leaders can use in designing catechetical programs and activities.

Visit NCCL's Report Page for Instant Access

INSIGHTS & PRACTICES 

Reports on Forming Faith

Collecting the 5-part Research & Theory Series which covers:

Practices for Forming Faith
with Families & Parents

Practices for Forming Faith
Intergenerationally ​

Practices for Forming Faith
with Children

Practices for Forming Faith
with Adolescents

Practices for Forming Faith
with Young Adults

Each report explores contributors to effective faith transmission, the trajectory of the church as a whole, and actionable strategies that your parish and formation leaders can use going forward.

Visit NCCL's Report Page for Instant Access
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SURVEY RESULTS

Family Catechesis Profiles

In the Spring of 2023, NCCL conducted a national survey to identify how  Catholic parishes are implementing family faith formation and intergenerational (all ages together) faith formation.

A total of 303 Catholic parishes completed the survey and 485+ individual responses informed specific findings. 

The first report presented the results of the survey findings. The second phase of the research involved follow-up with survey respondents to develop profiles of family faith formation in their parishes.

Read Finding Details & Download the Reports

Did you know...?

NCCL offers a Jobs Board for parishes around the country to post opportunities for the talented, faith-filled members of our community.

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EXPLORE ALL NCCL HAS TO SHARE

What are you interested in?

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NCCL Educates

Engage in courses from experts in catechetical ministry to develop your knowledge and skills.

SEE THE PROGRAMS
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NCCL Curates

Find videos from NCCL conferences and back issues of Catechetical Leader Magazine.

VISIT THE LIBRARY
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NCCL Connects

Build relationships with catechetical leaders in our online community space and forums.

JOIN NCCL
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NCCL Informs

Access the latest thinking and current practices being used in catechetical ministry today.

VIEW RESOURCES
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NCCL Innovates

Learn about our new initiatives: “Families at the Center” & “Missionary Synodal Parish.”

FEATURED PROJECT
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NCCL Gathers

Participate in free online conferences focused on important topics in catechetical ministry.

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Catechetical ministry is a journey. We’ll walk with you and offer weekly wisdom along the way.

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