Principals & Teachers

Catholic School Orientation, Religion Certification, and Adult Enrichment

Requirements for Roles

Wondering what your requirements are for CSO and Religion Certification? Follow this helpful flow chart to understand the expectations for your role in the Diocese.

Download the flow chart

Recommended References

Mysterium Christi

Brief Overview of CSO and Basic Certification

Certification Record & Status Sheet

Catholicism DVD Series

Instructions for Schools on Use of Fr. Barron's Catholicism DVD Series for CSO and Basic Certification

Attendance Sheet for "Catholicism" Series Study Groups

List of Discussion Questions for Fr. Barron's Catholicism DVD Series

Some Suggested Texts

Midwest Theological Forum - the Didache Semester Series page

Ave Maria Press - high school texts page

St. Mary's Press "Living in Christ" - textbook series

Key USCCB Documents

Check the following list from the US Bishops' conference for additional texts that have been approved for conformity to Catechism:

Other School Catechesis Resource

Preparation and Reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (New guidelines reflecting the above policy are currently being drafted)

Rite of Christian Initiation

Diocese of Toledo RCIA Handbook

Publishers with Materials on Bishops' Conformity List

Ave Maria Press

Catholicism Series - CR Publications

Consecrated in Truth Program

Faith First


Ignatius Press

Loyola Press

Midwest Theological Forum

Our Sunday Visitor

Pauline Books and Media

Priory Press Dominican Series



St. Mary's Press


Catechetical Leader


Lay Witness

Religion Teacher's Journal

The Sower


Vatican's Holy See

USCCB (US Bishops)

Catechism of Catholic Church online

New American Bible online


National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)

National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)