The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) is an Ecclesiastical Organisation of the Archdiocese of Sydney. It was established in 1958 on the authority of the Archbishop of Sydney as an autonomous, non-profit organisation for the primary and principal purpose of providing religious education and Christian formation for Catholic children in public schools.

Since 1958 CCD Sydney has taught over 1 million Catholic children in public schools. Currently some 30,000 children are taught every week in some 400 schools across Sydney. This work is a direct result of the tireless efforts and selfless generosity of 1,900 dedicated people we call catechists and over 400 High School Catechists from the Sydney Catholic Schools.

The Past is Today’s Future

CCD Sydney was officially established in the Archdiocese in 1959 whilst having its origins in Milan, Italy, in 1536 when a priest founded the Society of Christian Doctrine to enable lay people to catechise lay people. In 1562 in Rome, this initiative was first called the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and in 1571 the Pope recommended the Confraternity be established so that every Parish may have lay people to teach on matters about the Catholic faith. This universal need for catechesis remains today.

CCD Supports Parishes

CCD helps Parishes to seek and support Catechist volunteers to show our children, who have opted for a State Education, how to pray, form them in the Catholic faith and in living a Christ-like life.

In addition, CCD Sydney supports Catechists involved with Parish sacramental preparation programs, and also Catholic High School Student Catechists who, in seeking to understand their faith, assist with providing catechesis to their younger peers in public schools to help prepare the way for God’s gift of faith.

Support is found but not limited to the following:

  • Recruitment of potential volunteer catechists;
  • Training and development of catechists from a Basic to an Advanced level;
  • Supply and distribution of curriculum Christ Our Light and Life;
  • Supply and distribution of resources and support materials;
  • Supply and distribution of the Sacramental Program, Gratia Series
  • Represent and assist Parish catechists/coordinators at State school level;
  • Liaise with relevant Government agencies in regards to clarification of legislative requirements and rights.