From : Kate Convissor
eCatechist isn't just another tinny voice among the deafening babble of the Internet. eCatechist is a provocative and substantive compendium of information, encouragement, entertainment, and wise advice for anyone involved with the spiritual formation of children.
Not only is Dan Pierson, eCatechist founder, personally passionate about this blog, but as a lifelong catechetical educator, he is also eminently qualified for the task. This marriage of passion and experience has engendered a prodigy--arguably the first, and certainly the best, online website dedicated to Catholic catechesis. If you're a catechist or catechetical director (or even if you're marginally interested in the subject), bookmark this site. It will inform
and entertain you.
Kate Convissor has for many words been a catechist in various programs including the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She is an author and professor of English. Presently she is traveling throughout North America. You may contact her at www.wanderingnotlost.com
From: Don Kurre
eCatechist is an oasis for catechists and those involved in catechetical ministry. The site offers a healthy variety of resources both practical and theoretical to enrich and strengthen a catechist’s ministry with the ease of web access. I encourage catechists to add eCatechist to their catechetical tool box.
Director Office of Religious Education Diocese of Grand Island, NE
From: Christella Alvarez
Dan Pierson has done it again; he has stepped out of the box and delivered a fabulous tool for all catechists! eCatechist is the place to go for the most current catechetical information as well as direction to other solid and trustworthy Catholic websites and blogs. So, now is the time for all catechists to go to www.ecatechist.com and bookmark it as a favorite!
Associate Director Office of Catechetical Ministry
Diocese of Victoria in Texas
From: Shannon Vasiciek
Anyone involved with religious education in their parish will want to include eCatechist in their blog-list of favorite places. Utilizing his significant background in this field, founder Dan Pierson’s site feeds the mind and the soul with his gatherings of both practical and spiritual resources.
If you would like to supplement the educational materials of your parish but are overwhelmed by the time involved in exploring the Web, you will find eCatechist has done the work for you. Postings range from such useful items as a recent classroom instruction outline, to theological discussion and background, to the purely inspirational in prayers, sacred art and book recommendations. eCatechist is a valuable offering to the thousands of volunteers and staff bringing faith formation to a new generation of Catholics.
Lifelong Learner, Digital Catholic, and Catechist for elementary age children in RCIC.
Grand Rapids, MI
From: Dan Gast
eCatechist gathers the English speaking catechetical community.
Everybody. First time catechists are introduced to long time DRE's and
senior catechists, and they meet up with bishops, college professors,
and people who write their textbooks, journals and adult formation
materials. The attractive format calls their attention to everything
from catechetical journals and magazines to resources for catechetical
Dan Pierson has captured the essence of just-in-time
website delivery: eCatechist offers resources for survival in the
children's classroom, or the adult formation session, or at the
administrative desk, and nudges readers to appreciate nuances of
doctrinal content and age-appropriate methodology.
A Partnership Initiative of Loyola University Chicago and the
Archdiocese of Chicago
From: Tim Welch
eCatechist.com! What a collection of many things, many voices, many resources catechetical! This treasure trove of online resources is compiled by experienced catechetical consultant and former diocesan director Dan Pierson.
In a wonderfully blog-like fashion he shares a collection of ideas, books, reflections and class materials that can inspire catechists of any age group to grow in their own spirituality and ministry. Pierson offers these gems from a broad spectrum of Catholic perspectives and levels so that the reader can be both fed and challenged.
I have been following @faithalivebooks on Twitter for some time as well so that the genius of eCatechist comes to me on my iPhone if I cannot make it to the website. There is also an email-based newsletter available.
How can one not check out this faith formation gift from a man who continues his catechetical ministry on the front line... to fourth graders... along with his wife, Margaret?
Consultant for Educational Technology for the Diocese of Saint Cloud, MN. Heis the author of Technology Tools for Your Ministry: No Mousing Around. In addition Welch serves as Our Sunday Visitor’s Curriculum Division consultant for technology and catechesis, and is the technology columnist for Creative Catechist: A Religion Teacher's Journal.