Programs and Information

Timeless: Annual Bible Conference

will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. All catechists are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone desiring a deeper knowledge of Sacred Scripture. This 1-day conference will consist of engaging presentations on the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible) and the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Andrew Swafford, Senior Fellow at Scott Hahn's St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. The cost is $25 per person. Lunch is included.  The day will end at 3pm with the option of staying to attend the 4pm Vigil Mass at the Cathedral.

For more information, or to register, email or call (318) 445-6424 ext.251.


The Catechetical Quiz Bowl will be held on Saturday morning, April 9, 2016 at MAryhill Renewal Center, 600 Maryhill Rd, Pineville. The quiz will consist of 250 questions from the Books of Exodus and Mark.  A list of the questions and answers may be obtained from the Office of Religious Formation and Training at the Diocese Center by calling (318) 445-6424 ext. 251 or emailing, so that students may begin studying.  

A parish or school can have any number of teams.  A team is made up of four members, 6th, 7th, and/or 8th grade students (any combination) from Catholic Schools and from parish CCD programs.  There is a registration fee of $10 per team.  Dress is casual.   

First Prize is a cash award of $500 and a trophy.  Second Prize is $200 and a trophy.   Lunch will be provided. 

Come cheer for your favorite Bible students!    


The Office of Religious Education and Training is hosting A workshop on Basic Teaching Skills (this workshop was offered in 2013 & 2014) and

Workshops on the Teachings of the Catholic Church' for all catechists: A repeat of Year I is on Aug. 27, 2016.  Also, two identical workshops on Year II on Sept. 3 & again on Sept. 17, 2016, from 8:30am to 3:00pm, in the large Conference room at the Diocese of Alexandria Office at 4400 Coliseum Blvd.-Hwy. 28 West. The purpose is to help Catechism teachers deepen their knowledge of their Catholic Faith. 

The cost is $10, including lunch.

Registration is required for all workshops.  Seating is limited; register early.  To register, email or leave a message at (318) 445-6424 ext. 251. 

The workshops on the teachings of the Catholic Church will cover the following topics, going deeper every year for a total of five years: Church History, Sacred Scripture, Liturgy & the Sacraments, Prayer & Spirituality, and Moral Teachings of the Church

The workshop on Basic Teaching Skills will cover: Calssroom Management, Effective Discipline, Lesson Planning, Teaching techniques for different ages, learning styles, and those with disabilities.  

Religious Education Text Books in Conformity with the Catechism:

Click here for a list of catechetical textbooks and series that are found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This list is updated regularly. Copies of most of the texts can be viewed in the Diocese of Alexandria Resource Center located at 4400 Coliseum Blvd. (Hwy 28 West).

Adult Faith Formation

For information regarding current Adult Faith Formation opportunities, call 318.445.6424 ext. 251.
Also, many parishes have small groups meeting to study and deepen their faith.  There are great resources (DVDs, books, etc.) available at the Diocese of Alexandria Resource Center located at 4400 Coliseum Blvd. in Alexandria (Hwy 28 West). 

If you would like help with these or any other resources, call 318.445.6424 ext. 251 or email

Please let us know how the Office of Religious Formation and Training can best meet your needs. The office oversees Adult Faith Formation, Young Adult Ministry, Campus Ministry, and Youth Ministry, as well as catechetical support for all ages. For more information call 318.445.6424 ext. 221.