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Upcoming Events - Save The Date!
New Pastoral Ministers' Orientation - Friday, July 28th
New this year to parish ministry? The Office of Faith Formation is sponsoring an orientation session for new parish youth ministry leaders and catechetical leaders in the diocese – whether paid or volunteer. You are invited to attend on  Friday morning, July 28, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The day is also open to anyone who has been working  in a parish position for 1-2 years already.
The event will include an opportunity to meet other peers in your ministry field, get a “familiarization tour" to the diocesan  structure and services, and tips for breaking into the first year. 
The event is no cost, but pre-registration is requested. Please contact Marianne Verner at (616) 246-0588 or email: 
Pastoral Ministers' Summer Retreat - August 9, 2017
A day of prayer and reflection for parish catechetical leaders, youth ministers, pastoral associates
Parish Ministry and Catechetical Conference - September 30, 2017
For everyone who wants to grow in their faith and their ministry

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Catechetical Formation - Online Learning
Aquinas College - Grand Rapids (Certificate program in theological studies | Theology courses)
Catholic Distance University
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology - a non-profit research and educational institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in the Catholic tradition.  All classes are online and are free.
National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers
Read more... (Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers)
Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and
Series used in the Diocese of Grand Rapids
Read more... (USCCB)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Supporting catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children.
Helpful Resources for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (USCCB)
The Liturgical Aspect of the RCIA  (Association of Catechumenal Ministry)
The Catechetical Aspect of the RCIA ​(Association of Catechumenal Ministry)
The Pastoral Aspect of the RCIA (Association of Catechumenal Ministry)
Team RCIA 
Catholic Home Study