About NIAC

National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis Defined

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).

Concurrent with these developments within the Catholic Church, the National Study of Youth and Religion identified serious challenges regarding the ability of Catholic adolescents to articulate their faith and live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The CARA Report, digesting the NSYR research, reinforced among Catholic leaders the growing need for parish and school leaders to rethink the Church’s pastoral ministry and educational outreach with young people. Uppermost on the minds of pastoral and educational leaders is the quality and quantity of the resources, including trained personnel, dedicated to responding to the religious and spiritual hungers of our young people. In response to these developments, the Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis has begun the groundbreaking development of a seven-year National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis.

Funding of the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis is made possible through the generosity of the Lilly Endowment and an anonymous donor.