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Pat Gohn
, Editor
1 Montauk Ave. Ste. 2
New London, CT 06320

For the return of unsolicited manuscripts, include a postage-paid, self-addressed envelope.

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Please present your credentials in a cover letter.

Writer's Guidelines

The core readership of CATECHIST consists of catechists in parish religious education programs and religion teachers in Catholic schools. We include articles of interest to teachers of children of preschool age through high school, youth ministers, parish and religious education directors and/or coordinators. Readers range from volunteer catechists with minimal training and experience to well-read, experienced professional teachers.

Types of Articles
Formation: A formation article provides background material pertinent to any catechist, religion teacher, or director of religious education. Areas that CATECHIST commonly explores are Scripture, the sacraments, liturgy, prayer, ecumenism, and doctrinal development; morality, social concerns, and service projects; and teaching methodology, planning, and multicultural trends. Formation articles address the general concerns in catechesis, the Church, catechist formation, or the lives of students and their families.

Age-specific: Age-specific articles are tightly focused to a specific age group: preschool (ages 3-5); primary grades (grades 1-3); intermediate grades (grades 4-6); junior high (grades 7-9); high school (grades 10-12), and adults. Our greatest need and concentration is on material for catechists of children in preschool through sixth grade. We also consider articles for special-needs students.

How-to: A how-to article addresses a specific project or topic. This is our most popular type of material. This article presents ideas with lesson-plan suggestions, complete with activities, projects, and prayers. This kind of article is practical and concrete.


  • Limit material to 1200 words
  • Submit material as a hard-copy, double-spaced. Include your name, address, and phone number at the top of the page. E-mail attachments accepted
  • Communicate your knowledge and experience in a confident presentation of your material.
    Use a direct tone in your writing and emphasize practical and concrete content.
  • Avoid jargon.
  • avoid footnotes.
  • CATECHIST does not accept material that has been previously published or is offered for simultaneous consideration.

    Payment is issued upon publication. A fee is proposed when an author is commissioned to write an article or is approached as the result of a favorable review of an unsolicited article.