The course seeks to assist students first to a more profound understanding of the identity, meaning, and method of Catechesis, and elucidate its dynamic relationship with evangelization, community, and conversion. Second, the program also aims to begin to prepare students to work in religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes as well as assisting with programs designed for youth ministry.
Course Outline: 1. Situating Catechesis within a pastoral project of evangelization. 2. Short history. Catechesis today: identity, meaning, trends. 3. Catechesis, proclamation of the Word, and cultures. 4. Catechesis as initiation and education to and in the faith, and as Ecclesial action and experience. 5. Catechesis in context. 6. Towards a Catechesis in action: Planning and methodological perspectives. 7. The catechist. 8. The General Directory for Catechesis. Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course the student would have the ability to: - Define and understand the nature of the Catechesis in the life of the Church. - Analyse and interpret the practical implications of the Catechesis in terms of evangelization. - Suggest newer ways in the adaptation of Catechesis. - Adapt to the ecumenical demands of both time and place. - Know simple ways and means to catechise, and be aware of the catechetical requirements in the mission.
ALBERICH E.-VALLABARAJ J., Communicating a Faith that transforms. A handbook of Fundamental Catechetics (Bangalore, Kristu Jyoti Publications 2004); ALBERICH E., La catechesi oggi. Saggio di catechetica fondamentale (Leumann, LDC 2015); CHOONDAL G., Introducing the General Directory for Catechesis (Bangalore, Kristu Jyoti Publications 2004); CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY, General Directory for Catechesis (London, Catholic Truth Society 2002) (available on the Vatican website); GROOME T., Will there be faith? A new vision for educating and growing disciples (New York, Harper Collins Publishers 2011); ISTITUTO DI CATECHETICA (Ed.), Andate e insegnate: Manuale di Catechetica (Roma, LAS 2002).