Catechesis & RCIA

Handing on the Faith 

The image of “Christ the Pantocrator” on this page is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.  Welcome to the web page for the Department of Catechesis and RCIA of the Diocese of Duluth.

This department is dedicated to the faithful handing on of the fullness of what the Most Blessed Trinity has revealed through Jesus Christ, and entrusted to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The Catholic Church has been given the fullness of truth and grace, which is what our Lord Jesus Christ died to give each and every one of us. God, "Desires all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim. 2:4) This means none other than coming into full communion with He who is, "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." (Jn. 14:6)

"The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Trinity." (John Paul II, On Catechesis in Our Time #5) Catechesis is not only for children. It is for every human person God ever created, and will create. The goal of catechesis is to put all people into intimate communion with Jesus Christ. This means two things. First, all catechesis is sacramental preparation. In the Eucharist we receive Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, body, blood, soul and divinity. There can be no more intimate communion with Christ this side of the grave. Second, the definitive aim of catechesis is to lead people to a life of holiness in order to live in the midst of the life-giving love of the Trinity for all eternity. Yes, the goal of catechesis is to be a saint.

All human persons have a right to all that God intends, and the Department of Catechesis, R.C.I.A. and Lay Apostolate is dedicated to forming catechetical leaders and catechists in this mission.

This web page is also meant to help with this endeavor. You will find information regarding all forms of catechesis. This includes adult catechesis, youth and elementary catechesis, R.C.I.A., etc. You will see information dealing with diocesan events such as the Annual Diocesan Catechetical Assembly. You will also find links to other resources to help you grow in your faith and hand it on. Come back often as material will be added.


Even more resources are available at our "Diocese of Duluth Catechesis and Evangelization SharePoint" site. Contact Grace or Annette to be added to the SharePoint site. 


The image of “Christ the Pantocrator” on this page is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.


Grace Woitalla
[email protected]
(218) 724-9111

Annette Merritt
[email protected]
(218) 724-9111

Fax: (218) 724-1056

Diocese of Duluth
Catechesis & RCIA
2830 E. 4th Street
Duluth, MN 55812



           Pius X

Pope St. Pius X 
Memorial August 21st

Patron Saint of the Department of Catechesis & RCIA 

Father, to defend the Catholic faith and to make all things new in Christ, you filled Saint Pius X with heavenly wisdom and apostolic courage. May his example and teaching lead us to the reward of eternal life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen