General Objectives: To assist students to a more profound understanding of the identity, meaning, and method of Catechesis. To elucidate Catechesis’ dynamic relationship with evangelization, community, and conversion.
Course Outlines: 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.
Bibliography: Alberich, Emilio, and Jerome Vallabaraj. Communicating a Faith that transforms. A handbook of Fundamental Catechetics. Bangalore: Kristu Jyoti Publications, 2004; Choondal, Gilbert. Introducing the General Directory for Catechesis. Bangalore: Kristu Jyoti Publications, 2004; Congregation for the Clergy. General Directory for Catechesis. London: Catholic Truth Society, 2002; Groome, Thomas. Will there be faith? A new vision for educating and growing disciples. New York: Harper Collins, 2011; Istituto di Catechetica, ed. Andate e insegnate: Manuale di Catechetica. Roma: LAS, 2002.
Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students are expected to define and understand the nature of the Catechesis in the life of the Church; to analyse and interpret the practical implications of the Catechesis in terms of evangelization; to suggest newer ways in the adaptation of Catechesis; to adapt to the ecumenical demands of both time and place; to know simple ways and means to catechise, and be aware of the catechetical requirements in the mission.