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Office of Evangelization and Catechesis


Mission Statement

The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, under the direction of the Bishop, is rooted in Christ and led by the Holy Spirit. We focus on lifelong formation through proclamation of the Good News. We serve those involved in parish evangelization efforts, in parish catechesis, and all adults in our diocese by providing formation and resources for a multicultural community. Our goal is to empower the people of God to grow spiritually and deepen a living, active faith which enables them to witness and invite others to know Jesus.

Goals and Objectives

Formation for Evangelization

  • Coordinate evangelization efforts for the diocese
  • Train and provide resources to parish evangelization teams/committees
  • Encourage the evangelizing mission of all parish ministries

Formation for Leadership

  • Offer theological, catechetical, and administrative training for Parish Catechetical Leaders, catechists, and lay ministers
  • Foster community among Parish Catechetical Leaders through gatherings
  • Aid pastoral staffs in developing catechetical programs and RCIA processes that meet the needs of parishioners of all ages and cultures
  • Provide access to catechetical resources, including book and media library

Formation for a Living and Active Faith

  • Offer English and Spanish adult faith formation opportunities through theological and scriptural programs that lead to lifelong transformation and discipleship (e.g. CEMI, University of Dayton VLCFF, and Adult Confirmation Program)
  • Provide spiritual formation for Parish Catechetical Leaders and those involved in catechetical certification and programs
  • Integrate Catholic Social Teaching into all programs

Training Opportunities



How to Begin Evangelization in a Catholic Parish:
Preparing Teams/Committees to Share the Good News
This is a series that will be facilitated to help parishes form teams and committees so that parishes can become evangelizing communities forming missionary disciples. We will look at evangelization and the new evangelization. We will discover a vision for evangelization which can effect how we can do the direct ministry of evangelization (reaching out, invitation, welcoming, renewal, RCIA) and how it permeates everything we do in our homes, in our parishes, and in all levels of society. We will learn how to develop a plan for evangelization for our parishes.
Bryan Reising, Director
Evangelization and Catechesis


Welcoming the Parents of New Catholics:
Home Visitation Training
What’s a parish to do after the baptism of a child? Reach out and connect the parents more closely to the parish. This training will prepare parishioners to go out, visit the parents of the newly baptized, and share what the parish means to them and keep the connection going. Come and learn about this new, exciting ministry and decide if it’s for you. (2 hours – 1 session)
(PASTORS, PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is available in English and/or Spanish. You can sign up for both to be offered in your parish at the same time or for just one language. You can also request a change in starting time if needed to fit what is best for your parish.)
Bryan Reising, Director
Paul J. Thomas, Associate Director
Evangelization and Catechesis (in English)
Jesus Abrego, Director
Hispanic Ministry (in Spanish)
To request a session in English or Spanish please call Anna Stone at 409-924-4323.




Parish Catechetical Leader Resources


Adult and Catechist Faith Formation

Programs, Services and Resources available from the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis in English and Spanish

Websites of Interest for Catechesis, Social Justice and RCIA

American Catholic Online Home of Franciscan Media www.americancatholic.org
Ave Maria Press https://www.avemariapress.com/
Bible www.usccb.org/nab/bible/
Bible (Alternate Website) www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0839/_INDEX.HTM
Bread for the world Nationwide Christian Citizens movement lobbying for the world’s hungry www.bread.org
Catechism of the Catholic Church www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM
Catechism of the Catholic Church
(Alternate Website)
Catechist Formation Program of the University of Dayton  www.udayton.edu/
Catholic Charities USA Site gives an extensive overview on the areas of justice and peace supported by Catholic charities www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
Catholic Climate Covenant http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/
Catholic Educators Resource Center www.catholiceducation.org
The Catholic Labor Network http://www.catholiclabor.org/home.htm
Catholic Relief Services Helping to end poverty throughout the world www.catholicrelief.org
Catholic Worker Page Online page for the catholic worker Movement founded by Dorothy Day www.catholicworker.org
Center for Action and Contemplation   https://cac.org/
Christian Catacombs of Rome www.catacombe.roma.it
Dynamic Catholic www.dynamiccatholic.com
Good Ground Press Publisher of Catechetical Texts www.goodgroundpress.com
Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.  HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. www.habitat.org

Homeless Youth and Higher Education http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/homeless-students-guide/
Human Rights Watch Helps to protect human rights around the world www.hrw.org
Jesuits Resource on prayer, scripture and life www.jesuit.org
Liguori Publisher of Catechetical Texts www.liguori.org
Living the Good News Publisher of Catechetical Texts www.livingthegoodnews.com
Lonergan Research Institute www.lonergan-lri.ca/index1.shtml
Loyola Press Publisher of Catechetical Texts www.loyolapress.org/
Magis Center  http://www.magiscenter.com/
Maryknoll Missionary Society http://www.maryknollsociety.org/
Mass Readings and Psalms www.usccb.org/nab/index.htm
National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities Vigilant in promoting inclusion of Catholics with disabilities in parish communities and the total fabric of society www.ncpd.org
National Coalition for the Homeless Ending homelessness throughout our country www.nationalhomeless.org
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)  http://www.nccl.org/
NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby http://www.networklobby.org/
Our Sunday Visitor Publisher of Catechetical Materials www.osv.com
Oxfam International Helping to end hunger www.oxfam.org
Paulist Press Publisher of Catechetical Materials www.paulistpress.com
Pax Christi www.paxchristiusa.org
Pflaum Publisher of Catechetical Texts www.pflaum.com
RCL-Benziger Publisher of Catechetical Texts www.rclbenziger.com
Ron Rolheiser, OMI http://ronrolheiser.com/
Sacred Space a place for daily prayer and meditation by Irish Jesuits www.sacredspace.ie
Saint Anthony Messenger Publisher of Catechetical Texts  http://www.stanthonymessenger.org/
Saint Mary’s Press Adolescent and adult faith formation www.smp.org
Social Justice resource Center www.socialjusticeresourcecenter.org
Sojo Net – Sojourners Magazine online Worldwide magazine on peace and justice www.sojo.net
Street Law Online Georgetown Law School Democracy Education for youth www.streetlaw.org
Sweatshop Watch Helping to stop Sweatshops around the world www.sweatshopwatch.org
Taize community of France Offering various information about their community, prayer, and music – excellent for young adults 15 to 30 www.taize.fr/en/
TeamRCIA Helping you form Christians for Life www.teamrcia.com
Texas Catholic Conference www.txcatholic.org
Theology Library www.shc.edu/theolibrary
The Dynamic Catholic Institute http://dynamiccatholic.com/
Twenty-Third Publications Publisher of Religion Teachers’ Journal and a variety of catechetical and theological resources www.twentythirdpublications.com
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops www.usccb.org
Vatican Website www.vatican.va
University of DaytonVirtual Learning Community vlc.udayton.edu
William H. Sadlier Publisher of Catechetical Texts www.sadlier.com

Diocesan Book and Media Lending Library


The Book Library and the DVD/Video/Audio Library are located at the Catholic Pastoral Center at 710 Archie Street in Beaumont, Texas. Office hours are 8:00am to 12:00 noon and 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

If you have any questions, please call Joseph Blakeley at (409) 924-4309 or email at jblakeley@dioceseofbmt.org

Library Catalog:

Diocesan Audio/Video Lending Library

DVD/Video/Audio Library

(Compressed Access 2000 Database)(Zip File / 2.0 MB)

 Book Library

(Compressed Access 2000 database) (Zip File / 2.0 MB)

These are large files, so they may take some time to download. Save the files on your computer for future reference.

The catalog databases were last updated in August 2011

Video/Audio Library Use and Fees:

Video/Audio Library materials may be accessed through parish leadership of educational and service organizations. The only cost that will be charged is to cover processing and postage for DVDs/videos or tapes/CDs if mailed to parishes which are at a distance from the Catholic Pastoral Center. The mailing fee will be $3.00 per DVD/video or tape/CD. The normal loan period is two weeks. Parishes will be responsible for replacing lost or damaged DVDs/videos or tapes/CDs.

Book Library Use:

All books (except those marked Reference-Noncirculating and some resource materials) may be checked out for two weeks.

Catechetical Conference

Information coming soon.