New Religion Curriculum Guide Decreed for Grades Pre-K to 8 of Archdiocese

Standards also provide faith formation guidance for older youth and young adults

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, issued a decree promulgating a new religion curriculum guide for religious education programs, grades Pre-K to 8, of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS). In a letter to the nation’s Catholic military chaplains, Archbishop Broglio said the new curriculum guide, Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization: Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide, “will ensure the complete, systematic, and consistent teaching of the Catholic faith throughout this global archdiocese.”

In his decree, Archbishop Broglio declared the purpose of the guide “is to provide a standard instrument for ensuring that the faith is taught in a complete, systematic and consistent way in the Catholic faith communities in the Archdiocese…The standards and indicators clearly state what participants in every Catholic faith community religious education program should know, understand and do at each grade level (Pre-K to 8). While this tool was written with children in mind, it also has implications for young adults and youth in the Archdiocese. It provides a common language and agreed upon standards for sharing the faith.”

The new curriculum guide becomes effective on August 6, 2013, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The AMS Office of Faith Formation will provide a live online orientation and training to clergy and lay leaders on March 19, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time. The live orientation will introduce religious education directors, priests, lay catechetical leaders, and catechists to the goals of Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization. There will be additional webinars to accommodate those in various time zones or unable to participate on March 19. An assessment will accompany the curriculum to facilitate the ongoing implementation and accountability of the guide.

In his letter to chaplains, Archbishop Broglio said:

“It is imperative that you encourage those who serve and volunteer to make every effort to participate in this online orientation and the subsequent trainings. During the live orientation, I will make a presentation highlighting why the archdiocese needs a new curriculum. An assessment will accompany the curriculum to facilitate the ongoing implementation and accountability of the guide.”

In his decree, Archbishop Broglio expressed gratitude to the Archdiocese of Washington, Secretariat for Education, for granting the AMS permission to adopt the curriculum guide by adapting it to military language and culture.

Archbishop Broglio said:

“It is my hope that this guide will assist all involved in faith formation to achieve Jesus’ charge to “go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:19-20.)