Introduction to Catechetics
Pope John Paul II gave the Church an indispensable document called Catechesi Tradendae which outlined the importance of catechesis for the Church today. The document opens describing Christ as the one true teacher. To catechize is to lead another person to Jesus Christ, and to all that He taught.
“Christocentricity in catechesis also means the intention to transmit not one’s own teaching or that of some other master, but the teaching of Jesus Christ, the Truth that He communicates or, to put it more precisely, the Truth that He is. We must therefore say that in catechesis it is Christ, the Incarnate Word and Son of God, who is taught-everything else is taught with reference to Him-and it is Christ alone who teaches-anyone else teaches to the extent that he is Christ’s spokesman, enabling Christ to teach with his lips. Whatever be the level of his responsibility in the Church, every catechist must constantly endeavor to transmit by his teaching and behavior the teaching and life of Jesus.” – CT 6
In the wake of the responsibility given to lay catechists as the Church continues to grow after the Second Vatican Council, the material avaliable to catechists is not always of the most orthodox nature. We hope to equip you with material, free for your use, to help you grow in holiness and become a better catechist.
The aim of all catechesis is to bring your student to the “love that never ends.” (CCC 25) What is the best way to accomplish that? What are the best methods in the classroom to employ? What is the best material available today to catechists? The Catechetics program at Franciscan University has helped answer many of these questions, and has one of the best, if not the best catechetics education in the nation for lay catechists. The still young program founded under the beloved Barbara Morgan, continues to grow today and attract more students than the program can handle, many of them Catholic converts who see the strong need for a renewal in catechesis in the Church today.
The material developed on this website is brought to you by a student in the final stages of the catechetics program, taught under professors Ronald Bolster (director), Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, James Pauley, Scott Sollom, and Robert Rice. The idea is to make the best of that program available in summary, to encourage your attendance at the Bosco Conference during the summer at Franciscan for more education, and to hope and pray that catechesis continues to undergo reform in the United States recentered on solid method that serves content, with Jesus Christ as its center.
You will find that every section of this website is aimed to give you easy access to tools that will help you become a better catechist and Christian.
“Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.” – CCC 5