Department for Religious Education

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Christopher Chapman, MA, Director of the Office for PreK-12 Catechesis
Christine Radcliffe, Administrative Assistant
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Saint Paul Seminary:

2900 Noblestown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone: 412-456-3112


The Department for  Religious Education, under the Secretariat for Leadership Development and Evangelization, assists our bishop in proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God. 

Our mission is to put adults, children and youth "in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ" by educating, evangelizing and empowering them through lifelong learning. 

"With God's grace,  catechesis develops initial faith, nourishes the Christian life, and continually unfolds the mystery of Christ until the believer willingly becomes his disciple" (NDC 19-A).

Department for Religious Education

Phone: 412-456-3112



                      QUOTES FROM POPE FRANCIS  

On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: "Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you...nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wisdom-filled than that initial proclamation." __Evangelii Gaudium


"Every form of catechesis would do well to attend to the 'way of beauty.'  Proclaiming Christ means showing that to believe in and to follow him is not only something right and true, but also something beautiful, capable of filling life with new splendor and profound joy, even in the midst of difficulties.  Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus.  (This is) a renewed esteem for beauty as a means of touching the human heart and enabling the truth and goodness of the Risen Christ to radiate within it. __Evangelii Gaudium

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 Our Mission

The Department for Religious Education is a collaborative community of faith commissioned to serve the mission of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and authorized by the Bishop to give direction to the catechetical ministry of this local church.
The Department provides assistance and support to parish leaders and calls them to accountability for their responsibility for catechetical ministry.
Faithful to the Church’s catechetical documents, the Department develops services, resources, and leadership which enable all persons to come to know Jesus Christ and to grow in the Christian life of sharing the faith tradition of the Catholic Church.

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Please note:     ALL inquiries and questions welcome! 

For educational needs, sacramental preparation, or learning resources for children and adults with learning needs, please contact the Department for Religious Education by phone: 412-456-3112 or e-mail: