On May 11th, Pope Francis made the historic decision to formally announce the new Ministry of Catechist! This announcement allows lay women and men to be officially recognized by their faith communities for what Pope Francis calls “stable form of service rendered to the local Church.”
Read more about this monumental decision in the apostolic letter Antiquum Ministerium.
“The role played by catechists is one specific form of service among others within the Christian community. Catechists are called first to be expert in the pastoral service of transmitting the faith as it develops through its different stages from the initial proclamation of the kerygma to the instruction that presents our new life in Christ and prepares for the sacraments of Christian initiation, and then to the ongoing formation that can allow each person to give an accounting of the hope within them (cf. 1 Pet 3:15). At the same time, every catechist must be a witness to the faith, a teacher and mystagogue, a companion and pedagogue, who teaches for the Church. Only through prayer, study, and direct participation in the life of the community can they grow in this identity and the integrity and responsibility that it entails (cf. Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Directory for Catechesis, 113).” Continue Reading
Additional News Articles:
Pope Francis Institutes New Ministry Of Catechist, Catholic News Agency
Francis Officially Creates Catholic Ministry Of Catechist, Open To Men And Women, National Catholic Reporter