Origin of the Partnership’s Mission
The Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis began in 2003 from a desire to develop a common vision for adolescent catechesis in order to address serious lapses in the Church’s formation of adolescents. Since its inception, the Partnership has worked to complement the themes and approaches for catechesis with adolescents as presented in the National Directory for Catechesis (2005), the U.S. Church’s guide to religious formation which is shaped by the Vatican’s General Directory for Catechesis (1997).
During this ongoing and deepening process of dialogue and collaboration, the Partnership has discerned the need for a long-term plan to raise the level of faith formation of young people throughout the United States. To solidify this shared mission, a Memorandum of Understanding was developed and signed in May, 2007 committing each organization to a long-term relationship in the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis.