Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Welcome to the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Phone (816) 714-2308

  "Human life cannot be realized by itself. Our life is an open question, an incomplete project, still to be brought to fruition and realized. Each man's fundamental question is: How will this be realized becoming man? How does one learn the art of living? Which is the path toward happiness?

"To evangelize means: to show this path" to teach the art of living. At the beginning of his public life Jesus says: I have come to evangelize the poor (Luke 4:18); this means: I have the response to your fundamental question; I will show you the path of life, the path toward happiness rather: I am that path."
(Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger on the New Evangelization)

Mission Statement The mission of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis is provide support, training and resources to parishes in their efforts to carry out the Church's apostolic and pastoral mission of making the truth of the Gospel take root and grow in the hearts of all men and women, thus sharing in the mission of the Bishop.  

To inquire about any of the services listed below, phone us at 816-714-2308:

  1. Adult Faith Formation Quarterly Workshops
  2. Faith Formation Team Training
  3. Discovering Christ evangelization program by ChristLife
  4. Light of the World or Christ Renews His Parish Retreats
  5. Bishop Helmsing Institute intensive classes for your parish or deanery
  6. Pastoral Councils Workshops
  7. Evangelization in the parish
  8. Catechetical Certification
  9. Evangelization Workshops
  10. RCIA or RCIC Workshops
  11. Bible Workshops
  12. Catechetical Workshops
  13. Catechism Based Workshops
  14. Theology of the Body Workshops
  15. Intensive Classes at Parishes


"The primary and essential object of catechesis is, to use an expression dear to St. Paul and also to contemporary theology, 'the mystery of Christ'".  Catechesis is a way to lead a person to study this mystery in all its dimensions: "to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery...comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth ...know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge...(and be filled) with all the fullness of God." (Eph. 3:9, 18-19) . . . . As Blessed John Paul II put it, "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)

"Catechesis, as communication of divine Revelation, is radically inspired by the pedagogy of God, as displayed in Christ and in the Church. It conveys God's loving plan of salvation in the person of Jesus Christ....It recognizes the dignity of the human person within the profound dialogue with God and the continual need for conversion." (National Directory for Catechesis 28).

Questions: Contact Claude R. Sasso, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Evangelization and Catechesis at (816) 714-2308 or sasso@diocesekcsj.org 


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