Religious Education

Religious Education

Catechetical Work in the Diocese of Harrisburg

The goal of religious education is to guide and to serve the catechetical work in the Diocese of Harrisburg, under the direction of its Bishop, the chief teacher of the Diocese.

This fosters and supports the formation of the people of the Diocese in the ways of Christ Jesus and in their on-going conversion to Him.

Through the teaching of the Catholic Faith in all of its fullness, the people will come to know the Lord Jesus more deeply, so that they might have communion with Him and with one another in the Holy Spirit, so as to glorify God the Father and come to the love that never ends.


Mr James Gontis

Office: 717-657-4804 227

“The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe al that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

– Matthew 28:16-20

Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.

– Catechism of the Catholic Church 5, Catechesi Tradendae 18

“…the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.”

– Catechesi Tradendae #5

It is required in the Diocese of Harrisburg that all Religion textbooks that are used in parish religious education programs and Catholic schools must have been found by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

These Religion textbooks include:

  • elementary series (whether parish or school)
  • high school text/series (whether parish or school)
  • sacramental preparation textbooks (whether parish or school)
  • supplemental textbooks that are used in Religion classes in our Catholic Schools or in our Parish Religious Education Programs

To access the USCCB listing of textbooks which have been found in conformity with the Catechism, click here.

2014-15 Textbook Memorandum

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