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.

Catholic Life Articles

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

  • How Should I Act?How Should I Act?
    In order to live a life of joy, peace and fulfillment, we need to develop good habits. These good habits, also referred to as virtues, strengthen us to withstand temptations from outside influences, as well as from within our own heart, that would otherwise lead us into sin. This growth in the virtues comes about […] Read more »
  • Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body Unlocks the Meaning of Our HumanityPope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body Unlocks the Meaning of Our Humanity
    When I was a young adult, I went back to school to learn the Catholic Faith. Up to this point, I had been employed as a tennis pro teaching at a large, indoor racquet club, and following that, as a sales representative for a significant real estate title company. Even amidst the high-paying salaries, company […] Read more »
  • Tina finds her most rewarding jobTina finds her most            rewarding job
    Tina Simmons still remembers the first woman who came to her Earn While You Learn (EWYL) pregnancy care program, which is part of the St. Francesca Resource Center at Notre Dame Parish in Chippewa Falls. The program involves watching videos on prenatal/postnatal care and parenting skills, with each viewing earning credits toward assorted baby items. […] Read more »
  • Faith Working Through LoveFaith Working Through Love
    “If you keep showing up, Jesus will put you to work in some way.” That’s how Matt Elstran, a member of Notre Dame Parish in Chippewa Falls, explains the pro-life, charitable and evangelization efforts he has embraced over the years. Matt’s words about “showing up” refer to fidelity to daily Mass and to his eucharistic […] Read more »
  • Our StoryOur Story
    God’s Plan God, our Creator and Lord, calls us to the very depths of who we are. Each of us is intimately, uniquely designed in his image and likeness. We were conceived in love by God and by our parents – that is our origin. We are made for love and Heaven – that is […] 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)