Year of St. Joseph

Witnesses for Christ Conference 2020 - Virtual

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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.

Catholic Life Articles

  • Congratulations to Fathers Samuel McCarty, Joseph Richards, Levi Schmitt, and Daniel Williams – 2020 Ordination

    On June 27, 2020, Bishop William Patrick Callahan ordained Deacons Samuel McCarty, Joseph Richards, Levi Schmitt and Daniel Williams to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. Father Samuel McCarty is appointed Associate Pastor of Queen of the Apostles Parish in Tomah, Father Joseph Richards is appointed Associate Pastor of St. Michael Parish and Church of the

  • Singing a song of Faith

    Sean and Paula Hanson love being part of a Catholic family Sean and Paula Hanson of Chippewa Falls have a story that is familiar to many cradle Catholics. Raised in the Faith, as young adults, both lost their connection with the Church. Their story has a happy ending—Sean and Paula rediscovered the beauty of Catholicism

  • The Dregers’ story of sharing time, talent and treasure

    For Scott and Carrie Dreger of Custer, parishioners at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Almond, service has always been a part of their lives. From their younger years, serving beside their families, to today, serving beside their children, the Dregers recognize and embrace their role of service as lay faithful within the Church. Scott and

  • Expressing Faith through service

    St. Therese of Lisieux is credited for once stating, “The world is thy ship and not thy home.” In the world we live in today, it’s good to remember this quote, where so much worldly noise can swiftly pull someone away from what is important. Karen Morehouse, of St. Therese Parish in Rothschild, is a

  • Finding Strength in the Stories of the Saints

    I see how the lives of the saints are not only stories but a witness to the beauty and power of our Faith. It’s not so much the “spiritual success” of the saints, but it’s knowing that they too struggled and looked to others for help when they faced difficulties. They remind me that having

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)

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