Year of St. Joseph

Year of St. Joseph Image used with permission of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M


Welcome to the Office for Catechesis and Evangelization, which assists the Bishop, the chief teacher of the Diocese, in planning, implementing and evaluating evangelization and catechetical programs for families, children, adolescents, and adults.  These initiatives of formation are to foster and guide the work of handing on the rich treasure of the Catholic Faith, which leads to knowing and loving Jesus Christ and serving Him by serving our neighbor.



In conjunction with this mission, the Office for Catechesis and Evangelization conducts training programs and offers support for parish and deanery directors or coordinators of religious education.  It also assists in training school teachers and catechists in the use of the Diocesan Religion Curriculum and Virtue Program.  The Office maintains the curriculum library containing reference and audiovisual resources as well as coordinates the Diocesan Religion Certification Program.

Finally, the Office for Catechesis and Evangelization oversees the work of Hmong Ministry and Ministry to Persons with Special Needs.

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 20, 2020. The 2020 theme is I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you. Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith. Learn More >>

Catholic Life Articles

Here are a few Catholic Life articles. To read the full article, click on the blue colored title.

  • Faith, Family and Love – Al and Mary find these are the Heart of LifeFaith, Family and Love – Al and Mary find these are the Heart of Life
    When Al and Mary Laylan of Tomah started dating just before their 1983 high school graduation, their future was unknown. They just liked being together. Now, after 33 years of marriage, they look back and see nothing but blessings in their life together. “You can never imagine the joys that God has for you,” Al […] Read more »
  • Youth missionaries – Sons and daughters of GodYouth missionaries – Sons and daughters of God
    The future of society is in the hands of our youth. This can be traced back to the beginning of time. Knowing this, we teach our children family traditions and beliefs to be passed on to the next generation. With peer pressure and worldly influences, educating children to be disciples of their Catholic Faith can […] Read more »
  • Join a Small Group this Fall to Grow in Your Relationship with Jesus ChristJoin a Small Group this Fall to Grow in Your Relationship with Jesus Christ
    Here are five good reasons to join with some people from your parish for a Bible Study or Faith Study Group: It builds community and the sense of belonging in your parish. It develops strong friendships in Christ. It provides a specific time to deepen your relationship with the Lord through greater understanding of the […] Read more »
  • Celebrating 150 years of Service, Commitment and EducationCelebrating 150 years of Service, Commitment and Education
    St. Peter Catholic School in Tilden is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The school building proudly stands as a cornerstone of our nation’s history, offering the same academic excellence established by its founders generations ago. St. Peter School has been continually blessed with a staff of highly qualified teachers who have sown the seeds of knowledge […] Read more »
  • St. John Cantius – Passing the torchSt. John Cantius – Passing the torch
    The backroads of Wisconsin are home to discreet villages and small family farms. The steeples of old country churches dot the landscape and act as beacons shining on a tranquil, rural lifestyle. These remote regions drew settlers in the 1800s for the same reasons people live there today. Pioneers braved the wilderness and brought fortitude […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office of Catechesis
Phone: 608.791.2658

Ann Lankford, M.A, Director

Susan Skemp, Administrative Assistant
and Audio Visual Librarian

Diane Hietpas, Diocesan Consultant
Ministry for Persons with Special Needs (MPSN)