In August 2020, Archbishop Julian Porteous established The ‘Order of Catechist’ for the Archdiocese of Hobart. This Order establishes the role of catechists within the life of the Church in Tasmania. Evangelisation and catechesis are the two primary works of the Church in her mission to spread the gospel and make Christian disciples. The Order has been placed under the patronage of Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom.

The formation program will include an overview of the Catholic faith, an introduction to Scripture, catechetical methodology, and studies in prayer, the moral life, and sacraments. Courses on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for leading adults into the Christian faith, as well as sacramental preparation will also be offered. The courses will be offered online (e.g. via Zoom) and in the classroom. This basic formation program can be completed in a minimum of two years.

To complete the Catechist Formation Program, participants will have to complete four compulsory courses and two elective courses:

Compulsory courses:

  • Overview of the Catholic Faith
  • Introduction to Scripture
  • ‘RCIA and the Catechumenate’ or ‘Christian Discipleship & Sacramental Preparation’
  • Catechetical Methodology

Elective courses (choose one):

  • Biblical Foundations for Catechesis
  • Moral Life in Christ and Catholic Social Teaching

To read Archbishop Julian Porteous’ document on the Order of the Catechist, click here


If you feel the Holy Spirit is calling you to become a catechist and would like to register for the Catechist Formation Program, please contact

Dr. Christine Wood
Verbum Domini Biblical & Catechetical Institute
Ph: 03 6208 6236