The 5 W's of Catechist Formation in a Parish

Authored by Martha Drennan in Issue #35.1 of The Sower

All catechists, parents and adults in a parish are called to teach the faith in various times and circumstances. They all need formation. Adults are called by God to be lay apostles, bringing Christ to the secular realm. Parents are called by God to form their own children. Catechists are called by God to catechize others, especially children, and support parents in their role as “first catechists” to their children. Adults in a parish need continual, ongoing, lifelong formation in order to better perform their mission and be confident to meet their responsibilities as apostles to the world, both as parents and as catechists.

In this article Martha Drennan gives practical answers to the following questions: Who needs formation? What does this formation look like? (11 aspects) Where does this formation take place? When does this formation happen? Why do we need formation? How do you go about this?

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