Office of Evangelization and Catechesis


Mission Statement

The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, rooted in Christ and led by the Holy Spirit, focuses 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

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 OnlineHome of Saint Anthony Messenger Press,Saint of the Day
Ave Maria Press
Bible (Alternate Website)
Bread for the worldNationwide Christian Citizens movement lobbying for the world’s hungry
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catechism of the Catholic Church
(Alternate Website)
Catechist Formation Program of the University of Dayton and Catechist Magazine
Catholic Charities USASite gives an extensive overview on the areas of justice and peace supported by Catholic charities
Catholic Educators Resource Center
The Catholic Labor Network
Catholic Relief ServicesHelping to end poverty throughout the world
Catholic Worker PageOnline page for the catholic worker Movement founded by Dorothy Day
Center for Action and Contemplation
Christian Catacombs of Rome
Good Ground PressPublisher of Catechetical Texts
Habitat for HumanityHabitat 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.

Homeless Youth and Higher Education
Human Rights WatchHelps to protect human rights around the world
JesuitsResource on prayer, scripture and life
LiguoriPublisher of Catechetical Texts
Living the Good NewsPublisher of Catechetical Texts
Lonergan Research Institute
Loyola PressPublisher of Catechetical Texts
Magis Center
Maryknoll Missionary Society
Mass Readings and Psalms
National Catholic Office for Persons with DisabilitiesVigilant in promoting inclusion of Catholics with disabilities in parish communities and the total fabric of society
National Coalition for the HomelessEnding homelessness throughout our country
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)
NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Our Sunday VisitorPublisher of Catechetical Materials
Oxfam InternationalHelping to end hunger
Paulist PressPublisher of Catechetical Materials
Pax Christi
PflaumPublisher of Catechetical Texts
RCL-BenzigerPublisher of Catechetical Texts
Ron Rolheiser, OMI
Sacred Spacea place for daily prayer and meditation by Irish Jesuits
Saint Anthony MessengerPublisher of Catechetical Texts
Saint Mary’s PressAdolescent and adult faith formation
Sojo Net – Sojourners Magazine onlineWorldwide magazine on peace and justice
Street Law OnlineGeorgetown Law School Democracy Education for youth
Sweatshop WatchHelping to stop Sweatshops around the world
Taize community of FranceOffering various information about their community, prayer, and music – excellent for young adults 15 to 30
TeamRCIAHelping you form Christians for Life
Texas Catholic Conference
Theology Library
The Dynamic Catholic Institute
Twenty-Third PublicationsPublisher of Religion Teachers’ Journal and a variety of catechetical and theological resources
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Vatican Website
University of DaytonVirtual Learning Community
William H. SadlierPublisher of Catechetical Texts

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

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.