NCCL, with a mission to enrich and strengthen the ministry of catechesis in the U.S., traces its roots to 1934 when diocesan directors of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) were first convened by Bishop Edwin O'Hara of Great Falls, Montana. The directors successfully petitioned the bishops to establish both an episcopal committee and a national center for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. The episcopal committee was formed in November of that same year, and the national center was established in 1935. In 1936, the directors began to meet annually under the aegis of the National Center.
When the directors gathered in New Orleans for their thirtieth annual meeting in April 1966, they decided to form their own organization, independent of the National Center. Episcopal approval for the move was sought and given in September of that year by the Bishops' Committee for CCD meeting in Pittsburgh for the Twelfth National Catechetical Congress. The National Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education/CCD (NCDD) was formally launched in January 1967. NCDD was organized around the ecclesiastical provinces in the US with the board of directors consisting of elected officers and a representative from each province.
In 1991, the organization changed its bylaws, structure, and governance to widen its membership and to facilitate decision-making and governance processes. In addition to diocesan directors and their staffs, membership was expanded to include academics, parish directors of religious education, publishers, and affiliated organizations. The organization was renamed the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders (NCCL). In 2022 the name was updated to the National Community of Catechetical Leaders to embrace the diversity of people in catechetical ministry.
Mission & Strategic Priorities
The National Community of Catechetical Leaders (NCCL) 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.
From the first centuries and throughout the history of the Church catechesis, “echoing the Word of God,” has been an essential ministry of the Church. The challenge of “making disciples” – of forming people of all ages and generations to live as disciples for a lifetime – is one of the most urgent tasks facing the Church today.
NCCL is committed to equipping, supporting, and networking catechetical leaders in dioceses, parishes, and other ministry settings to accompany, educate, and form people of all ages in the Catholic faith so that they may live as disciples in the world today.
NCCL Strategic Priorities
By-Laws of the Organization
NCCL is a 501(c)3 Catholic nonprofit organization, registered with the IRS, and incorporated in the District of Columbia. NCCL is governed by a Board of Directors, who supervise and control the business, property and affairs of the Corporation. The Board receives no compensation for their service. The Board of Directors. . .