Evangelization and Catechesis

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Diocese of Austin Office of Evangelization and Catechesis is as follows: 

  • To deepen the local Church’s communion with the Lord Jesus while equipping individuals and parishes for Christian discipleship that includes fruitful sacramental life;
  • To enliven the local Church’s missionary impulse through spiritual formation and support so that Catholics may become more effective witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ;
  • To support the vital ministry of catechesis through the education and formation of parish catechists and ministry leaders.
  • To implement the directives of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan through consistent, professional, and pastoral response to the needs of deaneries, parishes, and language/ethnic groups.

To carry out this mission, the staff of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis provides guidance and support for the following programs and ministries:

 

Evangelization

  • Consultation for evaluation and selection of multimedia materials and programs for parish evangelization
  • Parish Renewal Programs (ACTS, CRHP, Cursillo, Charismatic Renewal, etc.)
  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)/Adult Confirmation Preparation for baptized Catholics
  • Returning Catholics parish programs (e.g. “Catholics Come Home”)
  • Diocesan partnership with local and national Catholic outreach initiatives (e.g. Relevant Radio, Fullness of Truth, Legatus, Central Texas Catholic Men’s Fellowship, Women in the New Evangelization)
  • Promotion of and support for local evangelization seminars and conferences
  • Support of Catholic presence in print, radio, online, and social media

Religious Education for Children and Youth (Catholic School, Parish-Based, and Homeschool)

  • Elementary (PK-5)
  • Middle School (6-8)
  • High School (9-12)
  • Consultation for RE curriculum evaluation and selection
  • Sacramental Preparation programs
  • RCIA Adapted for Children
  • Catechetical Certification for Catholic School Teachers, Parish, and Homeschool Catechists

Catholic Adult Faith Formation  

  • Adult Faith Formation Courses in both theology and methodology
  • Consultation for evaluation and selection of Adult Catechetical materials
  • Catechetical Leaders Certification Program (DRE’s, CRE’s)
  • Training and resources for parish ministry leaders
  • Local Catholic Speakers’ Bureau (in progress)

 

Staff

Sharon Perkins

Director

(512) 949-2469

sharon-perkins@austindiocese.org

Gustavo Rodriguez

Associate Director for Catechesis

(512) 949-2542

gustavo-rodriguez@austindiocese.org 

Carolyn Martinez

Program Coordinator

(512) 949-2461

carolyn-martinez@austindiocese.org

Dr. Phi Le

Associate Director for Family Life

(512) 949-2470

phi-le@austindiocese.org

Yolanda Sanchez

Administrative Assistant

(512) 949-2492

fernanda-jaimes@austindiocese.org

Vacant 

Associate Director for Evangelization