Catechism Department DBE

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Official name Catechism Department DBE
Country / Continent Pakistan / Asia
Director of the institute Rev. Bishop Ruffin Anthony
Legal holder of the institute Rev. Bishop Ruffin Anthony
Sponsor of the institute Rev. Bishop Ruffin Anthony
Year of foundation 1985
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 4
Staff members of your institute Religious and Laypeople
Contact Sr. Martha Francis OP,

Catechism Department DBE,

St. Mary's Academy,

Tulsa Road Lalazar,

Rawalpindi, 46000

Pakistan.

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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Catechism Department DBE

Director of the institute

Rev. Bishop Ruffin Anthony

Legal holder of the institute

Rev. Bishop Ruffin Anthony

Rev. Bishop Ruffin Anthony

Vision / mission statement

The aim of catechism department is not simply to instruct, but to form people as Christian disciples and bring them to lifelong communion with Jesus Christ. The Diocesan office of Catechism department accomplishes this mission through efforts.

Main areas of work

  1. Christian education and faith formation of all Christian at all spare of life.
  2. Catechism teaching to students of schools.
  3. Composing syllabus and implementing to the schools.
  4. Conducting the examinations and declaring the result.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Course addressees’ are the diocesan schools’ teaching staff, principals, sisters and students.

Year of foundation

Year of Foundation of Catechism Department DBE is 1985

Organisational structure of the institute

Organizational Structure of Catechism Department DBE is

  1. Director
  2. Assistant Coordinator
  3. Administrator
  4. Driver

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

Number of staff includes: 4.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Religious and Laypeople

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Qualification of staff members of institute is mentioned as under:

  1. Sr. Martha Francis OP ( Director ) M.A, M.Ed , Different Religious studies and Philosophy
  2. Ms. Dencila William ( Assistant Coordinator ) B.A, Diploma in Religious Studies
  3. Mr. Haroon Sadric ( Administrator ) MBA – Finance
  4. Mr. Shahzad Johnson ( Driver ) Having proper Driving License

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Pastoral options we are obliged to are students’ faith formations, teacher up gradation programs, choir and liturgy preparation programs.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

See above.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

The aim of catechism department is not simply to instruct, but to form people as Christian disciples and bring them to lifelong communion with Jesus Christ.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Teachers training programs, providing syllabus books to all the schools, arranging catechism exams, finalizing the papers, declaring the result, awarding the certificates and arranging of many other different religious programs for students and teachers in the centers and in the different circles.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

See above.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

This is the only Religious department in Diocesan Board of Education Islamabad / Rawalpindi, which is solely responsible for religious development in the schools in term of syllabus, religious staff appointing, providing the syllabus books, centralized body in setting the papers, conducting the examinations and declaring the results, teachers workshops and trainings.

What notion of God inspires your work?

To serve the Christian people, to bring development in their life.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Giving literacy / knowledge on catechism subject to our Christian catholic students is our main focused priority. We do our work with the team work of the teachers who are qualified for the above mentioned noble cause. We start our work with a pure Christian spirit and God willingly we enable to accomplish our goals.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

We catechism Department DBE is a very active body consist of 8 members heading departments and takes part in the development of younger youth, getting them education and teaching them catechism subject. Our catechism board member assess the problems and needs at region, community level, get in touch with our teachers appointed in different school, consolidate the agenda and discuss in our catechism board.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

We all are the believers of Our Lord Jesus Christ, have been following his teaching and preaching on neighborhood. We determine the problems and needs of the society by visiting the schools in different cities, involving in the Christian communities, identifying their main problems, determining some solutions for it and put it into the implementation stage and see the results.

  • We arrange the workshops, seminars to give the awareness about education and importance of Christian studies in ones Christian life.
  • We make visits to the schools, local areas and societies to identify their problems associated with the children’s catholic education.
  • We work with the churches and with the parishes.
  • We work with the youth.

Our main work is with the education and we have been working in Catholic Diocesan Board of Education in one common platform to do the above mentioned noble tasks.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

We remain specified on our focused area of work (Transmission of Catholic Faith). We develop curriculum for catechism in the beginning of the year, introduces some activities, workshops, visits, examinations and occasional events.

Catechism Department device its activities in the beginning of the academic year with the schools, which includes:

  • Courses planned for the year
  • Arrangement of the course books
  • One week seminar for religion teacher
  • Revising the syllabus
  • Advent Preparation Program for Teachers
  • Lent program for teachers
  • Diploma Day
  • Poster competition
  • Bible quiz Competition for school students
  • Students faith formation programs
  • Conducting of the workshops, no matter external facilitators are invited.
  • Preparation of the feast and retreat sessions
  • Conducting the examinations of catechism exams among all the diocese schools.
  • Reporting the above mentioned to bishop of Islamabad / Rawalpindi and sending publications to some magazines and newspapers.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

Magazine publishing work is under process.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

To teach the truth and Faith Building formation (Catechism Department DBE).

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

Our annual result reflects the hardworking of the catechism department and the teachers who are associated with it all the year long. It is very good to see how schools are working for the spiritual guidance of the Students.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

The most important developments is that :

  • First there were very less visits to the schools and outstation schools. Now the frequent visits are made, through audio visual aids, we are guiding the teachers the bible stories, making more instructing lesson for the student.
  • Conducting the annual centralized examination among the DBE schools and declaration of result which is a very long process.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

If the above mentioned tasks are very important then they also require a budget to accomplish its goals. But a very less budget is provided to us by Catholic Board, so some tasks are left and get delayed. We require financial assistance.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

Presently, we are facing only financial gap in our budget, whereas from our human resource side, we are satisfied.

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

We hope that God may enable us to accomplish our said tasks.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

We morally support laypersons in the churches and communities. We offer free books for the Christian poor students but we cannot help anybody financial.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

We write reports related to our work, on some visits and if there are some examinations and results, we call everyone at one common platform and announce them all.

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

As Bishop of Islamabad / Rawalpindi is heading this as mentioned above, so he fully cooperates in all matter of work.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

We work only with the cooperation of Catholic board and its component schools.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

See above.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

Our catholic schools work without any religion discretion and we are happy to write that we have more non-christian students than Christian students.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

No, we do not work at church level.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

We work only with the cooperation of Catholic board and its component schools.

How we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

We are mentioning our task as under, so these are the things which we do for our teachers development and students learning, in future , if it can be possible, we may exchange the workings of each other across the continents and with your continent.

  • Courses planned for the year
  • Arrangement of the course books
  • One week seminar for religion teacher
  • Revising the syllabus
  • Advent Preparation Program for Teachers
  • Lent program for teachers
  • Diploma Day
  • Poster competition
  • Bible quiz Competition for school students
  • Students faith formation programs
  • Conducting of the workshops, no matter external facilitators are invited.
  • Preparation of the feast and ret treat sessions
  • Conducting the examinations of catechism exams among all the diocese schools.
  • Reporting the above mentioned to bishop of Islamabad / Rawalpindi and sending publications to some magazines and newspapers.

To fulfill the above mentioned proposal, some representatives may visit us or we may visit to observe the things and Performing tasks in order to bring the efficiency and variation in the work between the continents.


  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.