WASHINGTON, D.C. – High School students in Catholic U.S. Military families now have a standard religion curriculum guide for their parents and catechetical leaders to use in faith formational instruction. Today, on theMemorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio issued adecree announcing promulgation of the new curriculum, called Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization, Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide, Adolescent Catechesis: Grades 9 to 12.
In his decree, Archbishop Broglio wrote:
“The purpose of this guide is to provide a standard instrument for insuring that the faith is taught in a complete, systematic and consistent way in the Catholic faith communities of the Archdiocese (for the Military Services, USA)…
“The standards and indicators clearly state what adolescents in every Catholic faith community religious education program should know, understand, and do over a four-year process. This tool highlights catechesis as an essential component for comprehensive Catholic youth ministry. It provides a common language, format, and agreed upon standards for sharing the faith.
“The Offices of Evangelization and Faith Formation will provide training to Clergy and lay leaders to achieve full implementation. An assessment will accompany the curriculum to facilitate the ongoing implementation and accountability of the guide.”
Like the religious curriculum guide promulgated by Archbishop Broglio in 2013 for pre-K through 8th grade schoolchildren, the new high school curriculum guide is derived largely from the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.’s own religious instructional protocol.
Archbishop Broglio expressed his appreciation to the Washington Archdiocese:
“I am most grateful to the Archdiocese of Washington, Office of Youth Ministry for granting permission to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, to adopt the curriculum guide by adapting it to military language and culture.”
Noting in his decree that the “alteration and/or interpretation of this Guide is the sole responsibility of my successors and me,” Archbishop Broglio ordered the guide to take effect on Aug. 6, 2016, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.