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.

  • Preparing for the Coming of JesusPreparing for the Coming of Jesus
    During this season of Advent, we need to prepare for the Incarnation of our Savior. We prepare not just to remember an event 2,000 years ago, but also because of our desire to have a more personal and deepening relationship with Jesus. The Incarnation means that God became man; our Savior entered the world in […] Read more »
  • The Voyage of a Lifetime How embracing His call has led Phil to a life of everyday adventureThe Voyage of a Lifetime How embracing His call has led Phil to a life of everyday adventure
    “I have discovered that God will often open doors when you use the talents He gave you and are faithful to Him.”- Phil Kosloski One of our greatest challenges as Christians is to learn to listen to God in a noisy world, to tune our ears to His voice and hear His call. Philip Kosloski, […] Read more »
  • Retired Nurse Enjoys a Creative MissionRetired Nurse Enjoys a  Creative Mission
    Stuffed animals are cute and cuddly friends that can brighten any child’s day. But what do you do when the plush toys begin to pile up–unused–in the corner of your child’s bedroom? Holy Spirit Parish’s Pat Hilpert has an answer for you: donate them to her. For more than a decade, Pat has made it […] Read more »
  • Celebrating God’s FaithfulnessCelebrating God’s Faithfulness
    On the corner of Highland Avenue in Eau Claire stands a beautiful stone structure, the church for the Immaculate Conception Parish. The tranquil interior displays the core values most significant to its parishioners. The left-side altar displays a statue of the Holy Family, while the right-side depicts the quiet whisper of God, the Holy Spirit. […] Read more »
  • Once a musician–always a musicianOnce a musician–always a musician
    As the years pass and circumstances change, our interests in life shift. Chances are what we enjoyed as a teenager may be of little interest to us decades later. However, Bob Lightfoot lives by the mantra of “once a musician, always a musician.” Music, Faith and family have been a part of Bob’s life for […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office of Catechesis
Phone: 608.791.2658

Ann Lankford, M.A, Director

Paula Boyle, Administrative Assistant
and Audio Visual Librarian

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