The religious education leader(s) is a member of the Catholic faith and models this tradition in both words and lifestyle. This policy is further explained by the document Standards of Catholic Practice approved by Bishop Trautman on December 21, 2010.
Religious education leaders will be assigned titles by the diocesan Department of Religious Education. These titles are defined in the Religious Education Guidelines promulgated by Bishop Donald W. Trautman on May 3, 1993.
Religious education leaders must meet current requirements identified by the Diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children. Paid employees are required to provide this at their own expense as required by Bishop Trautman on June 25, 2001.
Religious education leaders will meet Diocesan certification standards.
The designated religious education leader(s) will have as a minimum the credentials to meet Diocesan standards for an Administrator of Religious Education. Those who do not yet have these credentials will be enrolled in an approved certification program. Established by Bishop Donald W. Trautman on May 3, 1993.
Religious education leaders are required to participate in yearly continuing education and formation.
Religious education leaders will complete at least seven contact hours of academic continuing education per year. Academic continuing education is achieved through courses, workshops or conferences in theology, methodology or related subjects. (A contact hour is defined as participation in a learning environment excluding breaks, lunch, etc.) This requirement will be stated explicitly in the contract between the religious education leader and the parish and will be paid for by the parish or funds paid to the religious education leader specifically for this purpose.
Religious education leaders will participate in a retreat or other spiritual formation program each year. This requirement will be stated explicitly in the contract between the religious education leader and the parish.