Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis



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 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
    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

Our Guidebook contains current information regarding our initiatives, department offerings, Living and Leading by Faith Catechist and Catechetical Leader Faith Formation Program courses, calendar, and resources.

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

Search the site directory to the left for information regarding each department of the Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis.

~ Theodore J. Musco


Theodore Musco
Secretary for Evangelization and Catechesis

Dawn Twomey
Administrative Assistant to the Secretary

Nelsa Elías
Facilitator, Catechetical Program Outreach

Christine Georgi

Reverend Joseph Gibino
Coordinator, School of Evangelization

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

Paul Morisi
Director, Youth, and Young Adult Faith Formation

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