Through God With Us Publications, catechetical ministry, ongoing catechist formation workshops, adult enrichment sessions and regional adult and youth programs, the Office nourishes total Eastern Christian formation and development.
Total, in that it envisions the Christian life and witness as one, stemming from the message, work, and direction of Christ. Likewise total, because it enriches believers of all ages.
Formation means more than simply imparting knowledge. Formation affects life and nurtures mature believers who themselves build up the body of Christ.
Development involves the psychological growth of both the individual and the whole faith community.
Ultimately the Office of Religious Education acts under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and cooperates with the eparchial bishop in the exalted task of “building up the Body of Christ” (Eph 4:12).
The eparchial bishop continues the apostolic work of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastors share that responsibility of the bishop within a particular parish. Cantors lead the faithful as they participate in the liturgical life of the parish. Parents seek to foster the growth of their children in all dimensions, including their growth as members of the body of Christ.
The Office of Religious Education assists the bishop, the pastors, the cantors and the parents in carrying out this ministry throughout the whole eparchy.
The Office helps our church to grow in faith and in the Christian life as a model of church unity, preserving and fostering our own integrity while maintaining communion with the Church of Rome.
Rt. Rev. Mitred Archpriest John S. Kachuba
Office of Religious Education