Excellence in Catholic religious education has a long tradition in our country.
It is a fairly recent reality that a significantly greater number of Catholic children are
now receiving their religious education through parish catechetical programs. This
reality has intensified the demand that parish programs offer excellence in faith
education. To assist the Director/Coordinator of Religious Education (hereinafter
referred to as DRE/CRE) of the Rockford Diocese in this demand a DRE/CRE
Handbook has been developed. The Directors/Coordinators of Religious Education
have been asking for guidelines, directives and suggestions to assist them in their
The purpose of the handbook is to gather in a convenient format guidelines
and resources for the DREs/CREs. It gives those who are responsible for planning
and carrying out programs a common source of information to assist them.