24-10 The Art of Catechesis

Oct 21, 2024 - Dec 6, 2024

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When we hear the word catechesis, we often think about the teaching of religion within a classroom setting. But is this the only task of this ministry? In The Art of Catechesis, we explore the richness of catechesis within the Church. Catechesis participates in the Church’s mission of evangelizing, enabling the richness of the Word of God to echo in our day. Tasks of catechesis are not limited to the teaching of Christian doctrine but include liturgical, moral, and spiritual formation. Students in this course will discover the richness of catechesis as a ministry, while developing a method for catechesis appropriate to a 21st century audience in the United States.

Course Content

Unit 1: Catechesis, Evangelization, and Divine Revelation

Unit 2: The History of Catechesis

Unit 3: The Social and Cultural Context of Catechesis

Unit 4: Catechesis Across the Lifecycle

Unit 5: A Method for Catechesis—the Work of Luigi Giussani

Unit 6: The Vocation of the Catechist

Course Format

  • Seven weeks in duration; first week for orientation.
  • Up to 20 students in each course.
  • Video lectures with text transcripts available.
  • Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration, internet links provided for all readings.
  • Written assignments (200-250) required.
  • Facilitator-moderated weekly Zoom sessions with participants.

Participation Requirements

  • Watch or read the lecture for each unit.
  • Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussions.
  • Answer weekly discussion question. 
  • Respond to weekly unit assignment.
  • Attend weekly Zoom for each unit. If you cannot attend, you can still meet the participation requirements.
  • Complete the course evaluation.

Time Expectations

4 to 6 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.

Course Certificate

An electronic certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be available in course when completing all course requirements.