Jesus Christ calls all baptized Christians to the work of evangelization. That call is at the heart of the mission of CHRISM. This adult faith formation program, recognizes that Christians have a responsibility to study the Sacred Scriptures in order to share more fully in the work of spreading the Good News within their families, their parishes, their communities, “even to the ends of the earth” (Matthew 28:19).
CHRISM originated in a proposal by Fr. Frank Kelly to establish a "school of ministry" in response to Vatican II's "Decree on the Apostolate of Lay People." In 1976 Bishop Daniel Hart, then auxiliary Bishop of the South Region of the Archdiocese of Boston, with the assistance of Sr. Florita Rodman, CDP, and a group of dedicated lay men and women, established CHRISM: CHristian Responsibility In Shared Ministry - to educate and equip laity for service in the Church.
In CHRISM's early years the focus was on training laity for various liturgical ministries -- as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, etc. Since then, CHRISM has evolved into an adult faith formation program offering courses on a variety of topics, all scripturally based -- e.g., "The Psalms as Sacred Liturgy and Sacred Literature."; "Prayer in the Old and New Testaments", "Beginning Biblical Study", as well as seasonal topics in Advent and Lent.