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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.

  • Making rosaries, finding peaceMaking rosaries, finding peace
    Darlene’s quest to lead others to experience the joy received when using this spiritual weapon Darlene Matchey can trace her devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and praying the rosary back to her childhood. “My grandmother and her oldest daughter, my aunt, were my godmothers. They gave me my first rosary and kept me well […] Read more »
  • Forming Missionary Disciples – NowForming Missionary Disciples – Now
    You know those weird times when you get a brilliant idea—or at least you think it’s brilliant! You’re having a great time, enjoying yourself and then, out of the blue, BOOM, you’re struck by a deep and serious thought. This crazy phenomenon happened to me when I was playing ping pong with a friend. What […] Read more »
  • Robust Formation in the Faith is Essential for Our Times!Robust Formation in the Faith is Essential for Our Times!
    As our world and Church continue to deal with many difficulties, you might be like me and be tempted to discouragement or even anger. These thoughts usually then lead me to be unsettled and agitated, followed by a loss of interior peace. After taking time for quiet reflection and prayer, I am drawn to recall […] Read more »
  • Forging a Path of Service and EducationForging a Path of Service and Education
    Joseph Koch may be a bona fide world traveler—exploring 154 countries in the last 25 years—but his roots are solidly more local. “I grew up on a dairy farm in Ashford, Wis., about two hours south of Marathon,” Joseph says. “The farm has been in our family since 1858. My seven sisters and I grew […] Read more »
  • Missionary Discipleship and Parish VitalityMissionary Discipleship and Parish Vitality
    For the past 2 ½ years, I have been enjoying the unfolding of a new parish in the Diocese of La Crosse—Mary, Mother of Good Help Parish. I watch in amazement as we continue to sort the pieces of how to be a new parish. The whirlwind of finding a worship space, forming the committees […] Read more »

Contact Information

Office of Catechesis and Evangelization
Phone: 608.791.2658

Ann Lankford, M.A, Director

Beth Johnson, Administrative Assistant