The Catholic Education Center is committed to the philosophy of total Catholic education recognizing that religious education takes many forms: elementary and secondary Catholic schools, elementary and secondary parish schools of religion, religious education programs for students with special needs, adult religious education and home-schooling. The Archdiocesan Department of Religious Education is committed to be of service and to give guidance to all these forms of religious education.
Service and guidance is given in the area of leadership offering religious education certification programs for principals, directors/ coordinators of religious education, teachers and catechists. Standards and benchmarks are established in faith formation and religion curriculum. Religious education materials and media are identified that teach complete and authentic Catholic beliefs. The Archdiocesan Religious Education Media Center makes available thousands of free Catholic media to be of use in all these programs.
Annual Archdiocesan assessments in the areas of Catholic identity, faith formation of all students, especially students with special needs, and the formation of spiritual leaders help to strengthen these vibrant and excellent forms of Catholic religious education. The goal of all these evangelizing programs is to help students and adults deepen their relationship with Jesus, become authentic Catholic Christians, and to be "Alive in Christ."