The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) was an association established in 1562 in Rome for the purpose of providing religious education. In its more modern usage, CCD is the religious teaching program of the Catholic Church. These classes are taught to school age children to learn the basic doctrines of their faith.

Religious Education is an important part of the broader faith development, prayer life and culture of a Catholic Parish Community. Religious Education plays a vital role in a child’s and young person’s preparation for life during their most formative times, so that they can live lives full of faith, hope and love no matter the challenges they face.

The parish priest plays a leadership and pastoral role in the religious life of a Catholic religious education program, focused on the formation of students, staff and families.

Pope Benedict XVI, Emeritus, emphasized focus on the whole person; a Catholic religious education offers an important contribution to the intellectual, spiritual and moral formation of the new generations.