Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis


Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, all in-person Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis events, programs, meetings, classes, and workshops are canceled until further notice. Contact 718-281-9544 for more information.


Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis Inclement Weather Policy 2019
The general policy is that if New York City Public Schools are closed, all Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis classes and events will be canceled.
In other situations, a decision will be made as soon as possible. Notice of cancellation or postponement will be posted on our website at and registered individuals will be notified by email. No telephone calls will be made.


Secretariado de Evangelización y Catequesis Política implementada sobre las inclemencias del tiempo 2019:
La política general es que si las escuelas públicas de la ciudad de Nueva York están cerradas, todos los eventos y clases auspiciados por la oficina del Secretariado de Evangelización y Catequesis serán cancelados.
En otras circunstancias y situaciones, se tomaran decisiones lo más pronto posible. Noticias sobre cualquier cancelación de clases o eventos serán anunciados en el y a las personas que ya están registrados para dichos eventos y clases, se les enviara una notificación por su correo electrónico. NO SE HARAN LLAMADAS TELEFONICAS.

Evangelization is more effective when it is carried out with oneness of spirit and with sincere teamwork among the various ecclesial communities as well as among missionaries and local clergy: this requires courage to seek out ways of working together and offering mutual help in the areas of catechesis and Catholic education, as well as integral human development and charity.

~Pope Francis, September 21, 2014, Vespers

The mission of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis is to assist parishes, families, and Catholic academies/parish schools to provide formational and educational opportunities that lead people to missionary discipleship.

Established on June 23, 2017, by the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio. Ph.D., D.D., the Secretariat for Evangelization and catechesis has four departments:

  • Adult Faith Formation
    Living and Leading by Faith Catechist and Catechetical Leader Formation Program (LLF)
    Holy Spirit Institute for Service and Leadership (HSI)
    Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
    Small Faith Sharing Groups
    ARISE: Together in Christ
    Be My Witness
    Why Catholic?
    Living the Eucharist
    Other adult faith formation programs
  • Youth and Young Adult Faith Formation
    Catholic Youth Ministry Initiative (CYMI)
    Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)
  • Children’s Faith Formation
    Special Needs Religious Education
  • Marriage, Family, and Respect Life Education
    FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding, and Study)
    Marriage Enrichment
    Respect Life Committees

We also offer online learning and leadership formation via local courses and educational events (register at and work with a number of formation partners.



Rev. Joseph Gibino
Vicar for Evangelization and Catechesis

Nelsa Elías
Facilitator, Catechetical Program Outreach

Christine Georgi
Administrative Assistant/Registrar

Krzysztof Gospodarzec
Liaison with the Polish Community

Martha Hernandez
Administrative Assistant

Reverend James Kuroly
Chaplain for Youth and Young Adult Formation

Lucia Morales
Specialist, Catholic Youth Ministry Initiative

Maria Plasencia
Administrative Assistant

Christian Rada
Director, Marriage, Family Formation and Respect Life Education

Joann Roa
Director, Adult Faith Formation

Catholic Youth Organization Staff

Robert Caldera
CYO Director

Annmarie Creighton
CYO Administrative Assistant

Keith Goldberg
CYO Sports Coordinator

George Simone
Technology/Sports Coordinator