ARISE Information Flyer

Enrollment Information


2019-20 Volunteer Catechist Application

2019-20 Registration Form 


Mission Statement / Goals


Member Parishes

Program Component 1: Children & Teens

Program Component 2: Adults

Program Component 3: Parent Support Group




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. This year's session runs from October, 2019 through May, 2020, and is 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 to a catechist to work on his/her First Communion, Reconciliation or Confirmation.  The catechist plans and adapts the lessons to the skills and level of the child.  Registration is required by September, but late registrations will be accepted to start later in the January-May 2020 Session. 

Small group classes as well as RCIA preparation will be offered for adults with disabilities.

There is a joint family special event plus opportunities for the students to give back to the community through our Cards That Care Project 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 or text ARISE Coordinators Tom and Sue Klawien at 414-614-7071
or email at [email protected]