Vatican releases new Directory for Catechesis

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Vatican releases new Directory for Catechesis

The Vatican has released a new Directory for Catechesis – only the third of its kind in the last 50 years.

Rooted in the renewal of the Second Vatican Council and Pope John Paul II’s letter Catechesi Tradendae, the Directory identifies two aims of catechesis: “Maturing the initial faith and of educating the true disciple of Christ by means of a deeper and more systematic knowledge of the person and message of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The new Directory, which was released at the end of June, seeks to address the explosion of digital technology and the globalisation of culture. Since faith is transmitted by interpersonal connection, these two phenomena will impact catechesis.

The Directory follows upon Pope Benedict XVI’s and Pope Francis’ teachings. It speaks of the vocation of the catechist as a call from God. Since catechists must be credible witnesses to the Catholic faith, there is an urgent need for proper formation of catechists to take up their important task in the life of the Church.

Dr Christine Wood, Director of the Office of Evangelisation and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Hobart, said: “As we move towards establishing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in Tasmania, as well as the formation of parish catechists through the Verbum Domini Biblical & Catechetical Institute, this resource will become a foundational document.”

The Directory is a crucial document for those involved in catechesis, pastoral ministry, and religious education.
“It explains the place of catechesis within the whole dynamic of the new evangelisation,” Dr Wood said.

“The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, with its Montessori educational principles, and its focus on Scripture, liturgy, and helping children to develop personal relationships with God, signals a new vision for catechesis here in Tasmania.”

The Directory speaks of the use of art and the contemplation of beauty in catechesis, both of which are central in catechesing children aged 3-12 years in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

The Archdiocese of Hobart’s Verbum Domini Institute will be offering catechist formation courses in 2021. Formation of catechists for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will also be offered next year.

For more information, contact Dr Wood during office hours on 6208 6236.