Catechist Certification & Development

Vocare Religious Education Certification

Before He ascended into heaven, the Risen Lord commissioned the Apostles saying, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)

Vocare is the new online catechetical certification process of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The word Vocare means to call and is the basis of the word, vocation. Just as Jesus called His disciples, so at every Mass in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati the faithful pray that we will be given the grace to know the definite purpose to which God has called us. Those called to the particular ministry of teaching the faith in our Catholic schools and parishes are therefore called catechists, a word that comes from the Greek term meaning “to echo.” Their purpose is to hear and echo the voice of Christ the Teacher and that of the Magisterium, the teaching office of the Church.

All Catholic school principals, grade school and high school religion teachers, DRE/CRE/ARE’s and catechists are called to be role models for the adults and youth they teach. They are called upon to be well formed in Catholic teaching, dedicated to ongoing formation, and to be witnesses to the Catholic way of life.  The Vocare process provides a means for ongoing religious formation in the Catholic Faith.

To begin your certification journey, complete the Vocare Access Form and send to your parish administrator, Mary Lou Baker.

For more information about the religious education certification process visit:

VIRTUS Child Protection

All adults who work with children on a regular basis need to have a background check and attend the VIRTUS Child Protection Workshop.  Pre-register for a workshop and obtain your background check at VIRTUS Online.  Contact Ruth Trentman in the Parish office to get a Fastrax token to pay for your background check.  

An approval letter must be received by the parish BEFORE volunteer work can begin.  Click the picture above for more information.

How to Protect Your Children - AOC