Equip for Ministry

Our word catechesis comes from the Greek katekhesis, to “instruct by word of mouth.”

Christ is God the Father’s one, perfect Word. In him God has said everything.

For 2,000 years the Church has been passing on to each new generation the instruction given us by the Lord Jesus. This is our mission in the Faith Formation Ministry.

Our efforts are aimed at children and adolescents, as well as adults and even those in old age, since no amount of learning could ever begin to comprehend the breadth and length and height and depth of God and his love for us.

In addition to catechizing those born into the Catholic faith, we provide resources for those who would like to learn more about the Catholic Church and what the Church believes. We accompany those who have found the fullness of truth in the Church and desire to become Catholic.


A process of Lay Ministry Formation in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  Equip for Ministry is for all volunteers in our parishes and Catholic School teachers who are part of:

Catechetical Ministry Youth Ministry
Worship Ministries Adult Faith Formation
Campus Ministry Marriage Ministry
Disability Ministry Finance Committees
Pastoral Councils Social Justice Ministry
Prison Ministry RCIA Teams


Check out our new Preliminary Certificate for Parish Volunteers!

Click here to find out what formation/course you should take

Equip for Ministry formation will be offered in the following formats:

  • Gathered sessions only
  • Online courses only (through the University of Dayton)
  • Hybrid sessions (with online and gathered sessions)

Please contact our office if you want to schedule an Equip for Ministry course!

If teachers or parish volunteers have taken theological courses in the past ten years, they can apply for equivalencies in Equip for Ministry by sending transcripts to:

Angelus Virata
Coordinator of Discipleship Formation
Archdiocese of Baltimore
320 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD   21201
410-547-5414      Angelus.Virata@archbalt.org