In the United States a DRE is a director of religious education .
A Director for religious education directs and coordinates catechetical and faith formation for the parish according to directives set forth by the diocesan program for religious education of the diocese.
Directors for religious education can be either lay or religious persons. The DRE ministers under the supervision of the parish’s pastor .
A DRE must have completed either degree in theology or a certification program in religious education set forth by the diocese.
Catechesis is a word that comes from the Greek word for instruction .
Catechesis involves: initiation , instruction and formation in the faith .
Catechists are those who instruct in the faith. Catechists can be laity, religious or the clergy of the parish.
Dioceses in the United States offer programs of catechetical certification in catechetical instruction for any lay person interested in participating in religious instruction. Contact your local parish or diocese for more information.
Stipends and stole fees are monetary remuneration given to the clergy of the parish in lieu of their services to the community of faith.
These stipends tend to compliment the salary received by the clergy of a particular diocese. Priests do not charge for the sacraments that is forbidden by Church law and is considered simony.
Each diocese in the U.S. has specific guidelines regarding the use of funds for stipends, stole fees and salaries.
The average stipend varies from diocese to diocese. To find out information about the stipends or salaries priests receive in a particular diocese contact the pastoral center of that particular diocese.
A pastoral center is the headquarter of a particular diocese or Archdiocese.
A pastoral center accommodates the central offices of a diocese necessary for the administration and operation of a diocese.
Most departments in pastoral centers are structured into administrative and ministerial offices, such as: the office of the Bishop or Archbishop, chancery, religious education, charities, education, communication among others.
Pastoral centers are a great source of information regarding the local church’s mission in a diocese or archdiocese.
How to find and contact the pastoral center in your diocese?
There are several ways:
You can get the pastoral center phone number from your local parish or priest.
From the yellow pages or directory assistance.
From the U.S bishops official website. This website provides an alphabetical listing of all the dioceses, eparchies, in the United States. The link to this website is:
In ecclesiastical language the Chancellor is a diocesan official , his is the principal notary of the curia (officials of a diocese). This position is mandated by Canon law numbers 482-491
The principal role of a Chancellor is to properly keep, catalog, document and safeguard all the official documents of the local church or diocese contained in the diocesan archive.
Only the bishop and chancellor have the key to access this archive, and only the bishop has access to the secret archive where only very important , confidential documents that need to be kept secret are to be kept.
This diocesan position can he held by a lay person or an ordain minister like a priest or deacon.
The moderator of the curia is the Vicar General . The Vicar General (VG) is the highest diocesan official , he is the moderator of the curia entrusted with assisting the bishop with the administrative aspects of the diocese.
The VG also ensures that the clergy fulfill the duties entrusted to them by their clerical state . The duties of this office vary from diocese to diocese. Some of the duties of this office are:
Articles and by-laws for diocesan and parish corporations
Chancery building maintenance
Civil law concerns
Diocesan and parish corporate business
Diocesan spokesman for the media
Hiring/firing of parish and diocesan employees
Implementation of the Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
Parish building projects
Parish/diocesan personnel policies
Parish management problems
Parish personnel problems
Real estate sales and purchases
Secretary/Treasurer for the diocesan corporation
Supervision of diocesan staff
Chairman of the Diocesan Insurance Committee
Ex officio member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council
Ex officio member of the Diocesan Finance Council
(source: diocese of Superior)
Note : Some dioceses may have more than one vicar general in that case one of them is appointed to hold this position by the bishop.
If an auxiliary bishop is appointed Vicar general he is called Episcopal vicar .