Redoing Religious Education – A Family First Approach

Imagine with me a parish where Religious Education is no longer simply content found in a book, a subject to be picked up once a week on Wednesdays. Imagine instead a parish where Religious Education is centered around the formation of each person’s faith life.

Gone would be the days of begging for catechists and of struggling to engage tired students. Gone would be the days of sacramental “graduations” where families disappear after confirmation. And gone would be the days of the pastor introducing children that he doesn’t know to the Archbishop.

I know that these fruits (and many many others) follow, because I had the joy of sitting down with Fr. Loseke and Jackie Schuler from St. Charles Borromeo. Over the past few years, they have transformed the way their parish does Religious Education, and by doing so, they have transformed the lives of their parish families.

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Fr. Jeff Lorig – Director of Pastoral Services

Jim Jansen – Director of the Office Evangelization and Catechesis


Fr. Jeff Loseke – Pastor at St. Charles Borromeo in Gretna

Jackie Schuler – Director of Religious Formation at St. Charles Borromeo in Gretna

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2 Responses to “Redoing Religious Education – A Family First Approach”

Loved, loved, loved this podcast. I emailed this to our Spiritual Advisory Leadership group and asked them to review it so that we can discuss tweaking our Family Faith Formation. I’m hoping they will say yes, and that Fr. Loeske and Ms. Schuler will provide us with more information on the curriculum as we have no full-time staff and only volunteers. Thanks so much for sharing!

Linda, this is so exciting to hear! We’d also love to hear about the fruits of your conversations. I’m sure Fr. Jeff and Jackie will have plenty to share, and know that Jodi Phillips (Youth Evangelization and Catechesis; would love to offer support as well.

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