Lay Ministry Formation
Catechetical & Youth Ministry Leadership Training

Parish catechetical and youth ministry programs are directed and administered by catechetical and youth ministry leaders who are formed and certified by the Office of Catholic Faith Formation Services of the Diocese of Albany. Certification is determined by formal education, formation programs for this ministry and experience. On-going formation is offered through the Office of Catholic Faith Formation Services, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry and diocesan and national formation opportunities.


Leadership Training & Certification


Leadership Development


Leadership Resources


  • Safe Environment program: Implementing the Charter for the Protection of Children & Young People
  • General Forms for use in parish catechetical/youth ministry programs


The following forms are excerpted from Administration, Safety & Crisis Management Guidelines & Policies for Parish Catechetical Programs and Guidelines & Policies for Formation & Certification of Catechists, Youth Ministers and Catholic School Religion Teachers.


For further information and instructions on using any of these forms, please refer to the appropriate Guidelines & Policy resource (links to both are given at the top of this page).


Employment Information

Safety & Crisis Resources