FOLLOW US  Click to go to Facebook.  Click to go to Twitter.  Click to go to YouTube.   TEXT SIZE Click to make text small. Click for medium-sized text. Click to make text large.  


Diocesan Educational/Catechetical
Leadership Institute

A series of webinars focused on important topics for church leaders.

Select a Category

Select a category to view webinars related to that topic.


Adolescent Catechesis 

Adult Catechesis 

Catechist as Evangelizer 

Cultural Diversity 

Diocesan Directors Formation 


Living as Missionary Disciples

Living as Missionary Disciples en español

Moral Life (Life in Relationship) 

New Evangelization 

Prayer: The Faith Prayed

Spiritual Life 

Strong Catechesis 

Leadership Institute Home


The webinar topics and presenters were approved by the Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.

The Leadership Institute is jointly sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the National Catholic Educational Association.

For information and comments, fill out our Feedback form.



Leadership Institute

Catechetical Sunday 2017 Theme: Living as Missionary Disciples

New Webinar Series: Living as Missionary Disciples

A series of webinars focused on "Living as Missionary Disciples".

Living as Missionary Disciples | Viviendo como discÍpulos misioneros

Webinar Series by Category

The Leadership Institute Webinars are grouped by category or topic. You can now view the webinars by topic. You can create your own curriculum by topics relevant to you. Best of all you can view them on your schedule!

Forming Leaders for the Church

The Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute was begun in 1997 as a 5-day orientation program for new or nearly new diocesan leaders. In 2010, the Leadership Institute became an online program which expanded in 2011 to include two tracks of recordings, each track with its own complement of webinars and question-and-answer (Q & A) sessions. Track I serves new diocesan educational or catechetical leaders. Track II serves the professional development needs of veteran diocesan administrators.

Starting in 2012, the online Leadership Institute is expanded again. It is offered free of charge to all interested individuals. It will continue to serve the needs of diocesan leaders. Many of the webinars and Q&A’s are also of interest to parish catechetical leaders and catechists, Catholic school principals and teachers, and other individuals who provide faith formation to diverse age groups and settings.

The Leadership Institute is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association Departments of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education and Religious Education, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the Secretariats of Catholic Education and of Evangelization and Catechesis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." John 13:15


When Leadership Institute is Used for Catechist Certification

Because the USCCB cannot monitor actual participation in the Leadership Institute webinars, the Conference is unable to provide certification of completion. Dioceses, however, are welcome and encouraged to make use of these webinars for certification purposes.

For those dioceses who choose to use the Leadership Institute as a component of their catechist and/or catechetical leader certification programs, many of the webinars include helpful resources such as webinars in three 20-minute segments, discussion questions for small and large groups, handouts, pre and post-tests, etc. If your diocese choses to offer certification credit, ideally participants would apply after participating in diocesan or parish organized sessions. Another alternative would be to ask participants to apply after listening to the presentations individually and turning in a written response to the corresponding questions. Two sample certificates are provided below.

Certificate of Completion Template One
Certificate of Completion Template Two

Other questions? Please use the Feedback button to forward your message.

By accepting this message, you will be leaving the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This link is provided solely for the user's convenience. By providing this link, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops assumes no responsibility for, nor does it necessarily endorse, the website, its content, or sponsoring organizations.

cancel  continue