Christian Formation


The Office of Christian Formation serves the Diocese and the Bishop as part of the Pastoral Services Education division of the Diocesan Curia.  “In the Diocese catechesis is a unique service performed jointly by priests, deacons, religious and laity, in communion with the Bishop… Through them all and their differing functions, the catechetical ministry hands on the word in a complete way and witnesses to the reality of the Church.  Were one of these forms absent catechesis would lose something of its richness as well as part of its proper meaning …” (General Directory for Catechesis #219)



The Office of Christian Formation of the Diocese of Lubbock seeks to enlighten, empower, and enable the faithful of the Diocese to live to the fullest their baptismal call to be the People of God. “It is the task of catechesis to show who Jesus Christ is, his life and ministry, and to present the Christian faith as the following of his person.” (GDC #41)  This call flows from the mission and ministry of Jesus, and is three-fold:  1) a form of the MINISTRY OF THE WORD that proclaims and teaches; 2) leads people to and comes from the MINISTRY OF WORSHIP; 3) which prepares persons for the MINISTRY OF SERVICE.

The foundation for efforts to fulfill this Mission and to bring about the Kingdom of God are: faith development and prayer, a consistent effort to put families and children first, a way of operating that seeks peace and justice as it teaches about them.

Recognizing that the faith journey as the People of God is life-long and in accordance with the Diocesan Mission and Vision Statement, OCF provides a variety of programs, experiences, and services to assist growth and development in the fields of religious education and pastoral ministry.
Special emphasis and focus is given to enriching the quality of family and parish life and ministry, conscious that these two areas are the greatest areas for nurturing and supporting people’s faith.

The Office of Christian Formation Provides:

Catechist Formation:

-Training of catechists, DREs, CREs
-Catechist Certification Program
-Opportunities for spiritual growth and formation

Adult Faith Formation:
-Lay Ecclesial Ministry Program
-Graduate level opportunities-LIMEX II
-Resources for pastors, deacons, lay leaders, catechists, and RCIA teams

Resource Library
The Resource Library provides Catechetical textbooks, cassettes, videos, magazines, music, and books that enhance lesson plans.  The Library has liturgy resources and documents from the Vatican and USCCB.

Deaf Ministry:
Catechesis and opportunities for spiritual growth for children and adults are provided to the deaf community.


Bishop of Lubbock: Most Rev. Plácido Rodríguez, CMF

Chancellor:  Marty Martin

Director: Alicia Alvarez

Diocesan Catechetical Coordinator: Sister Mary Lalemant Pelikan, RSM

Resource Librarian; Rosalie A Martin
Deaf Ministry Coordinator: Amy Kreller

The Office of Christian Formation is funded by the Diocesan Catholic Appeal



For more information please contact:

Alicia Alvarez, OCF Director (806) 792-3943 ext. 222 or

Sister Mary Lalemant Pelikan, RSM, Catechetical Cooridantor ext. 225





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