NIAC Published Documents

To make the work of NIAC accessible to as many as possible, as many of the documents and publications as possible will be available online to download at no cost. Bound copies of the Sourcebooks are also available for purchase. They can be bought at the online stores of the NFCYM, NCEA, and NCCL.

 A Faithful Challenge: A Longitudinal Analysis of the National Study of Youth and Religion Sample of Catholic Adolescents and Emerging Adults in Light of the Outcomes for Adolescent Catechesis. (8.5 MB)

Beginning in 2004 and 2005 with the publications National Study of Youth and Religion: Analysis on the Population of Catholic Teenagers and Their Parents and Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Teenagers, Catholic Bishops, researchers, youth ministry practitioners, and parents have been reflecting on the findings of The National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR). Without a doubt, this seminal study on youth and religion led by Dr. Christian Smith, has informed and challenged the Catholic Church to be faithful in examining the challenges it faces in ministering to the young church of teenagers and emerging adults. This research report continues this examination by highlighting findings of the Catholic sample within NSYR longitudinal data through the lens of adolescent catechesis.

The National Initiative for Adolescent Catechesis (NIAC) has provided a lens from which to view the effectiveness of our catechetical efforts by identifying eight outcomes for adolescent faith formation. This study analyzes how NSYR Wave 1 Catholic teenagers were formed in faith and the impact of that formation on Wave 3 Catholic emerging adults in light of the eight outcomes. Two things stand out, among the findings of this analysis. First, the positive impact of any faith formation effort including Catholic School, Parish Religious Education, Youth Group, and Confirmation Preparation Programs versus none is clear in this analysis, indicating the Church must continue to be faithful and intentional in its efforts to catechize its young members. Second, formation by committed parents in the teenage years has the most significant impact on forming faith-filled emerging adults. 

Statement of Vision and Outcomes Regarding Adolescent Catechesis (312 KB)

As the NIAC moves forward, a guiding vision and clear understanding of the goals of adolescent catechesis needed to be articulated. This vision and outcomes statement is built upon the rich catechetical heritage of the Catholic Church through documents such as the National and General Directories for Catechesis, Renewing the Vision, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It will be through this lens that the Initiative will view its future work.

Executive Summary from the National Symposium on Adolescent Catechesis – (pdf)

Sourcebook on Adolescent Catechesis - Volume 2Sourcebook on Adolescent Catechesis – Volume 2:

  1. Voices of Hope: Promising Practices in Adolescent Faith Formation (192 KB)
    by Tom East
    Center For Ministry Development
  2. A Bold Design Built on Rock: Constructing a Plan for Adolescent Catechesis (288 KB)
    by Dr. Michael P. Horan
    Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  3. The Adolescent Catechist as Amateur Anthropologist and Cultural Analyst: Engaging Teen Culture for Effective Ministry
    by Timothy O’Malley
    Boston College
  4. Culture Is the Key: Context and Target of Catechesis
    by Rev. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J., S.T.D., Ph.D.
    Executive Director, Cultural Diversity in the Church
    United States Catholic Conference of Bishops
  5. Community at the Crossroads: The Relationship Between Adolescents and the Church
    by Tom East
    Center For Ministry Development
  6. Vision of a Well-Formed Adolescent: Young Disciples on the Way
    by Most Rev. Richard Malone, Bishop of Portland
  7. Adolescent Catechesis: Where Are We Now and Going?
    by Dr. Thomas Groome
    Boston College
  8. Forming Young Disciples: Are We Asking the Right Questions?
    by Dr. Sean Reynolds
    Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
    Archdiocese of Cincinnati


Sourcebook on Adolescent Catechesis - Volume 1Sourcebook on Adolescent Catechesis – Volume 1:

  1. Adolescent Catechesis: An Unfinished Agenda (153 KB)
    by Dr. Michael P. Horan
    Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  2. Adolescent Catechesis in a Culturally Diverse Context (151 KB)
    by Rev. Michael G. Lee, SJ
    Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  3. Forming Disciples of Jesus in Parish and School (151 KB)
    by Laura Henning
    Boise, Idaho
  4. The American Cultural Context for Adolescent Catechesis (149 KB)
    by Dr. William Dinges
    Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
  5. Adolescent Catechesis Today: On the Road to Transformation (211 KB)
    by Michael Theisen
    National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, Washington D.C.
  6. Reflections on Parish and Adolescent Catechesis (55 KB)
    by Dr. Michael Warren
    St. John’s University, New York
  7. The State of Adolescent Catechesis Today: A Review of the Literature (77 KB)
    by Dr. Jeffrey Kaster
    College of St. Benedict/Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota
  8. What the Church Has Been Telling Us About Adolescent Catechesis (41 KB)
    by Dr. Maura Thompson Hagarty
    Saint Mary’s Press, Winona MN
  9. The State of Adolescent Catechesis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (56 KB)
    by Paul Henderson
    USCCB Department of Printing and Publishing, Washington D.C.
  10. Adolescent Catechesis and the National Directory for Catechesis: It’s About Discipleship (89 KB)
    by Dan Mulhall
    USCCB Department of Education, Washington D.C.