Proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the World

“Disciples young and old are called by name to go into the vineyard. In responding to this call, adults ‘have the greatest responsibilities and capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.’ Their formation in faith is essential for the Church to carry out its mandate to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the world.”
Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, paragraph 38

The Office of Adult Education and Catechist Formation serves adult Catholics in their lives of faith by offering opportunities for spiritual growth, providing educational resources and training, and assisting parishes in the implementation of adult faith formation programs.

  • For information about catechist formation and certification, please click here.
  • For information about becoming a Catholic, please contact your local parish.
  • For information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A), please contact Reverend Joshua R. Brommer in the Office for Divine Worship at 717-657-4804 ext. 354 or by Email.

A Message From Mr. Daniel Breen

Superintendent of Schools and Secretary for Education

Secretariat for Education

One of the primary descriptions of the diocesan bishop is that he is a teacher of the faith. A key responsibility of the bishop is to promote and oversee the teaching of the Catholic faith in the diocese. This is accomplished through our Catholic schools, parish religious education programs, adult faith formation and the training of catechists. The Secretariat for Education is the branch of diocesan administration that assists the bishop in carrying out these particular tasks of Catholic education.

Mission of the Secretariat for Education

The ministry of education flows from the mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ to go out to the whole world and proclaim the Gospel, faithfully teaching all that he committed to his apostles. The Church has, throughout the ages, developed the means to proclaim Christ’s message, to foster the Christian community, to call people to worship, and to challenge them to loving service.

As the Secretariat for Education of the Diocese of Harrisburg, we envision Catholic education as a lifelong process that seeks to fulfill the human and spiritual potential of all people, calling them to discover, accept, proclaim, and live the Gospel message, while growing in the gift of faith.

Mr. Daniel Breen