Our Global End

Members of the NCCL will achieve competence as leaders in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis within the teaching mission of the multi-cultural Catholic Church in the United States.


Promoting the Church’s ministries of evangelization and catechesis in accord with the vision of Scripture, the wisdom of the Church, the expertise of our members, and the needs of the people we serve in our continually changing world.


Collaborating with the bishops of the United States, international, national, regional and local organizations, other leaders who relate to catechetical ministers, and one another in the development of the ministries of evangelization, catechesis, religious education, and faith formation.

Ways We Serve


Nurturing the continual spiritual, professional, and personal development of leaders in religious education, catechesis, and evangelization in the Church.


Gathering with one another at the national, regional, provincial, and diocesan levels to challenge our vision, foster our unity, strengthen our ministry, grow in faith, deepen our spiritual life, increase our understanding and broaden our perspective for catechesis and evangelization in the Church.

Our Ends Policies

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NCCL members will engage in catechesis as a work of evangelization that serves those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ, those who need to have their faith in Jesus Christ reawakened, and those who have heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and need to be sustained in that relationship.

E 2.4

Catechetical leaders will experience outstanding professional development at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership's annual conference.

E 2.7

Members of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership will benefit from relationships established with other national organizations, such as NFCYM, NCEA, and the USCCB Secretariats or Committees.

E 2.2

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership members will become outstanding practitioners of adult faith formation in catechetical ministry through the allocation and application of NCCL's organizational assets, resources and services.

E 2.5

An increasing number of catechetical leaders will experience the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership as a desirable and fulfilling professional association.

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Members of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership will benefit from the fulfillment of the Action Items in the Strategic Plan.

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Members of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership have ready and ongoing access to the latest information, developments, and resources for enhancing their catechetical leadership.

E 2.6

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership members will have access to a national certification process for parish catechetical leaders. The certification standards and procedures are to be approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service (formerly the USCCB Commission on Certification and Accreditation).

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The National Conference For Catechetical Leadership grew out of the early Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) movement in this country, with roots going back to 1934.

Today, it is the only independent national organization exclusively dedicated to serving the church’s catechetical mission in the United States.

More than 90% of all dioceses/eparchies are members of NCCL, along with nine diocesan/provincial associations of parish catechetical leaders and Catholic publishing houses.

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Our Leadership

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So much of our leadership comes from the work of the province and regional reps on the Representative Council in their province meetings. The Committees and Federations serve as working groups, accomplishing our Ends Policies, while the Forums and Interest Groups help provide a platform to voice experiences, mentor each other, and to share best practices. Our Board of Directors deals with strategic and systemic details, providing the ongoing vision for us to do this work of furthering Jesus’ teaching ministry together.

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Section 1. Name
The name of the organization shall be THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR CATECHETICAL LEADERSHIP, hereinafter referred to as “the Conference.”

Section 2. Office Location
The location of the principal and any other offices of the Conference shall be determined by the Board of Directors in consultation with the Representative Council.