Answering the Call to Be a Catechist


Catechists must be able to be, at one and the same time, teachers, educators, and witnesses to the faith (General Directory for Catechesis, 237).

Being a catechist requires being in relationship with Jesus Christ. In order to form disciples, a catechist must be a disciple of Jesus, the Master Teacher. The catechist must have first said "yes" to Jesus. However, St. John Paul II reminds us, "This 'Yes' has two levels: It consists in surrendering to the word of God and relying on it, but it also means, at a later stage, endeavoring to know better and better the profound meaning of this word," (Catechesi Tradendae, 20).



Catechist Certification in the Archdiocese of Washington


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To help catechists better know and explore the profound meaning of their faith, the Office for Catechesis has developed an archdiocesan catechist formation program. This program provides catechists with the necessary theological content and catechetical methodology to ensure that they are equipped to share the faith with children, youth and adults in the archdiocese.

The following are essential requirements to serve as a catechist:


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