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 Basic and Permanent Levels

After attending orientation sessions all leaders in faith formation, who do not have training or education in a theological field, all principals, assistant principals, teachers, catechists, youth ministry volunteers, and RCIA team members, are required to attend all five workshops in basic certification. After attending all five basic certification workshops, all teachers who are catechists, all leaders in faith formation, who do not have training or education in a theological field, catechists, youth ministry volunteers, and RCIA team members, are required to attend all five workshops in permanent certification​.
Principals and assistant principals will have the option to attend the permanent certification workshops to fulfill their on-going requirement. During this transition year, prior work in catechetical training will be considered for credit for basic and permanent certification by the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation.

 Basic Courses

Creed/What We Believe: This course/workshop will enable the student to appreciate the doctrine/beliefs of the Catholic Church that are presented in the Nicene Creed. Topics t​o be presented will include the Holy Trinity, the paschal mystery, Mary, and the church.
Sacraments/What We Celebrate: This course/workshop will give the participant a deeper understanding of the nature and role of sacraments in our life. It will include an in-depth look at the sacraments of initiation, the sacraments of healing, and the sacraments of service.
Morality/How We Live: Topics covered in this course/workshop will include: The dignity of the human person, sin, the moral law, the Ten Commandments, and the Beatitudes.
Liturgy and Prayer/On Bended Knee: In this course/workshop participants will critically reflect upon their understanding of the Eucharist, and its meaning and impact on their lives. They will look at the Lord's Prayer as the fundamental Christian prayer, liturgy, the Eucharist and service, and the many rich prayer traditions in the Catholic Church.
Ecclesiology/What the Church Is: This course/workshop will introduce the participants to the theological study of the church. They will become familiar with basic terms and concepts that are essential for understanding the church's nature and mission, and how these have been a constant theme in the church's evolution as a "living organism" throughout history.

 Permanent Courses

Scripture/The Word: In this course/workshop participants will discuss an overview of salvation history; the cultural factors, which influenced the events around the writing of the Old and New Testaments; and what church documents tell us about the Bible, particularly the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Christology/Who Do You Say I Am: In this course/workshop participants will discover what we know and believe about the central figure of the Christian faith, Jesus Christ, using Scripture, tradition and modern sources.
Church History/2,000 Years: This course/workshop will cover the Apostles and early church; the doctors and the Middle Ages; the reformation; and the Second Vatican Council and the church today.
Catholicism in America/The Church in America: This course/workshop will look at the history of the Catholic Church in America. The workshop will begin with a look at the landing of the ark and the dove and the founding of the California missions. It will also include a survey of the Plenary Councils of Baltimore, American saints and blesseds, and Catholicism in Western Pennsylvania.
Catholic Social Teaching/The Church in the World: This course/workshop will look at the seven key themes of Catholic social teaching outlined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in their document, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions and the social doctrine of the church.
A variety of course formats have been designed so they can be as convenient as possible for participants.
  • One day workshop, which includes lunch and two breaks
  • Two – 2 ½ hour workshops that includes one break
  • Four - 75 minute workshops
  • An overnight retreat beginning Saturday and concluding Sunday, which would include two courses
  • Online option through Echoes of Faith​

There are also a number of equivalents through Pathways, so please view the equivalencies or polici​es​ section for details. A Pathways certificate of completion will satisfy all the requirements for basic certification. (This equivalency will only be given to those who have earned a Pathways certificate since 2004-05). Certain training for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will result in equivalencies in the training and certification process.

Many catechists have told us that they would prefer a convenient and efficient online option for courses in the Training and Catechetical Certification Process. We have undertaken a long and arduous search process to fulfill that request. Additionally, it was important during the process that we were faithful to the heritage of catechetical training in the diocese before making any decisions about a new online option. We have finally reached a decision to move the online option to RCL/Benziger's Echoes of Faith 3.0 program. Echoes of Faith is a partnership between RCL/Benziger and the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders to assist you in your theological, spiritual, and practical formation. 

 Procedure to Purchase Echoes of Faith License

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The cost of a license is $14.20. The license will be good for one year from the date of your first log on.
The three courses in the Catechist Module will be equivalent with Orientation. The six courses in the Theological Module will be equivalent with: Creed, Sacraments, Liturgy and Prayer, Morality, Scripture, and Ecclesiology.

Catechist Module = Orientation

Theological Module:  
I Believe/We Believe = Creed
Liturgy and Sacraments = Sacraments
Prayer and Spirituality = Liturgy and Prayer
Catholic Morality = Morality
The Scripture = Scripture
The Church = Ecclesiology

The procedure to purchase licenses is as follows:

  1. ​Email Jackie Mignogna at to order and reserve the number of licenses that you would like to purchase.

  2. Send payment for all licenses with a check made payable to: Diocese of Greensburg. Include in your payment an email address in which we may send your activation codes.
    Mail your payment to: Jackie Mignogna
    Echoes of Faith Licenses
    723 East Pittsburgh Street
    Greensburg, PA 15601

    Once we receive payment, we will email activation codes to the address included in your payment. These may then be distributed to those who you ordered the licenses for.

  3. After receiving the codes from you, the catechists may log on to, click on Member login, click on create a new account. Then fill in the required information.  Email Jackie at when your account is set up. We will add you to the correct group with the name – Diocese of ​Greensburg.

  4. As a catechist works through a class it is very important that at the end of each page that they work on in a class that they hit the save button! This is the way to save their work. If they do not hit save, any work they do on a class will be lost.

  5. At the end of the class you must take the evaluation. After you take the evaluation you must SUBMIT the evaluation. Then, you must click YES to save and submit the evaluation.

  6. Any time a catechist returns to the website after the first log-in a catechist will fill in the information under Returning To The Website to continue where they left of at their last log out.

  7. Your account will indicate each class you have completed. You can find this by clicking on Other Links and then click on My Modules Completed. When your account indicates your class is completed, e-mail Jackie Mignogna. After your journal and evalutaion are reviewed, we will then assign you a sign-out code to enter into MyHalo.

  8. Please direct your questions first to Jackie. If she cannot answer your questions she will then direct you to Tech Support.

Thank you for your attention and interests. We wish you and your catechists all the best in this new training and certification adventure.​