Catechist Application

Mission Statement / Goals

Enrollment Information


Member Parishes

Program Component 1: Children & Teens

Program Component 2: Adults

Program Component 3: Parent Support Group

Mardi Gras Dance Party

ARISE (Association for Religious Instruction, Special Education) is a collaboration of seven parishes to provide quality special religious education for their parish children, teens and adults who are challenged with disabilities. The classes are held on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:00pm followed by a Gathering Prayer Service in the church from 7:00-7:30pm.  The session runs from October through May and held at St. Gregory the Great School. 
ARISE serves students ages 6+ who have varying degrees of learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and emotional disabilities, including but not limited to Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Autism Spectrum and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The student is assigned with a catechist to work on his/her First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation.  The catechist plan and adapt the lessons to the skills and level of the child.  Registration is required by the end of September, but late registrations will be accepted to start in the January-May Session. 
Small group classes as well as RCIA preparation will be offered for adults with disabilities.
There are two joint family special events a year plus opportunities for the students to give back to the community through our We Care Projects, Hospitality Sundays and Knights of Columbus West Allis Tootsie Roll Drive. 
ARISE needs volunteer catechists to work one-on-one with students. Training and materials are provided. Volunteers must be certified through the Safeguarding All of God’s Family program.  Contact the ARISE Coordinators on how you can be certified in this 1-2 hour class.
Please call ARISE Coordinators Tom and Sue Klawien at 414-810-3702, or email at