Secretariat for Pastoral Ministries and Catechesis

The Secretariat for Pastoral Ministries and Catechesis implements Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades’ vision for evangelization and catechesis and supports the important ministerial work done in parishes.

What we do:

Formation for Ministry

Diocesan Events

Parish Support

Direct Ministry

As our parishes seek to bring the good news of the Gospel to a lost and suffering world, we affirm this mission through direct ministry offerings that are beyond the scope of many parishes’ capacity. This includes our many ministries for marriages and families, our ministry with persons with disabilities, youth and young adults offerings, and more.

Particular opportunities can be explored within our offices and ministries below.

We provide support and resources to parishes as they discern how to best serve their parish and strengthen a holistic community.

We also provide support for parish sacramental preparation and RCIA.

We organize and execute a variety of in-person and virtual events, including retreats, pilgrimages, one-time and ongoing events, and monthly support groups to support our 81 parishes and 43 Catholic schools spread across 14 counties. We also collaborate with other organizations within our diocese to support their large-scale events.  

Diocesan-sponsored events can be found on the pages of the ministries below or on the diocesan calendar. 


We equip ministers for joyful missionary discipleship through formation courses, networking, training opportunities, and more, supporting a foundation of excellence as we strive to increase ministry effectiveness. 

Offices and Ministries

Marriage and Family Ministry

Promotes a culture of life in families and parishes and the broader communities to which they belong. Provides pastoral care for couples and parents.

Youth Ministry

Serves the young church through parishes and schools. Provides training and support to youth ministers. Includes Catholic Scouting.

Hispanic Ministry

Strengthens the pastoral care of Catholics with Hispanic roots. Collaborates with other diocesan offices, and supporting parishes with Hispanic ministry.

Office of Catechesis

Supporting our teachers, ministers, and catechists in faith formation. Supporting our parishes’ religious education, OCIA, and sacramental preparation programs. This office includes Deaf Ministry, and Belonging: Ministry with Persons with Disabilities.

Young Adult Ministry

Serves young adult men and women in their late teens, twenties, and thirties, who are single, married, divorced, or widowed, with or without children. Provides support to young adult groups.

Catholic Social Ministries

Participates in the following initiatives: The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Climate Covenant.