Rooted deeply in Faith

Maria Covarrubias

Being a catechist at heart shaped my life and my vocation as a catechetical leader in incredible ways, giving me the opportunity to become a disciple of Jesus and witness every day to a Gospel life

“I am catechist” is what I usually say when I introduce myself while preparing to do a workshop or any other type of presentation. My vocation as catechist has certainly shaped my life since a very young age. In my preschool years, I would go next door to my neighbor’s home who was a catechist and prepare children First Communion. In this catechetical setting, I learned songs and experienced the first encounter with a church community.

In growing up, passing on the faith was natural as I taught my siblings and friends how to pray. I nurtured my own prayer life by stopping at my Catholic school church early in the mornings to pray before going to class. This ritual continued until my high school years. During my late elementary years, I also attended monthly retreats with the Carmelite sisters and received the sacrament of reconciliation and Communion often.

At home, I witnessed my mother and grandmother’s faith; they shaped my faith by introducing me to Our Lady of Guadalupe, who was and has been a sign of mercy, strength, hope and love for me. Looking at my life as a catechist, I can identify a couple of aspects that have highlighted my experience of faith as a catechetical leader since the beginning; these have been the accompaniment of my family and the community, the witnessing and practicing of the Catholic faith.

Being a catechist at heart shaped my life and my vocation as a catechetical leader in incredible ways, giving me the opportunity to become a disciple of Jesus and witness every day to a Gospel life. I also have been part of remarkable initiatives like the V Encuentro, the founding of the Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics and the restructuring of NCCL, now In Word and Witness. Above all, I treasure the opportunity to help in the transmission of our Catholic faith. I can joyfully say that this has been an amazing “peregrinación” (pilgrimage)!