Year of St. Joseph

Virtual Formation for Theology of the Body

Save the Date June 5, 2021

Witnesses for Christ Conference

Save the Date August 7, 2021

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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.



Recordings of Fr. Gallagher Available!

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.

  • Walking to EmmausWalking to Emmaus
    Hilda and Osvaldo’s Inspiration to Serve The Lord works in mysterious ways. His hand in Hilda Quintero and Osvaldo Valdivia’s story is a perfect example. The Valdivia Quinteros of St. Patrick Parish in Sparta both grew up in Jalisco, Mexico. But Hilda and Osvaldo never met in Mexico, but rather 10 years ago in Tomah. […] Read more »
  • Prayerful Obedience and the Domestic ChurchPrayerful Obedience  and the Domestic Church
    Every day, parents teach their children by their words, examples and actions. The family unit is commonly referred to as the “Domestic Church” and, as Pope St. John Paul the Great tells us, “Catholic parents must learn to form their family as a domestic church, a church in the home as it were, where God […] Read more »
  • Seeking … Searching … FoundSeeking … Searching … Found
    Megan and John Glassbrenner’s Journey on the Road to Their Emmaus Megan was raised in a family in the Protestant tradition. They lived in the farming community of Mondovi. John is a native of Altoona, near Eau Claire, which is about 24 miles north-northeast of Mondovi. Unlike Megan, John related, “I was not raised with […] Read more »
  • Ignited by ChristIgnited by Christ
    RYAN REDISCOVERS THE CATHOLIC FAITH Five years ago, Edgar native Ryan Kraft was searching for something to ignite a fire in him: “I was doing everything right: I was married, we had two boys, a roof over our heads; I had a good job and was able to feed my family. Everything seemed fine. But […] Read more »
  • The Call of the Camino – Peggy and Kevin learned to listen as they walkedThe Call of the Camino – Peggy and Kevin  learned to  listen as they walked
    El Camino de Santiago is known to call out to men and women who are searching. Kevin and Peggy Dubois, Secular Franciscans of La Crosse, answered the call in September 2019, and the journey changed their lives. Also called “The Way of St. James,” the Camino begins in France and ends at the Cathedral of […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office of Catechesis
Phone: 608.791.2658

Ann Lankford, M.A, Director

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