The General Directory for Catechesis (#’s 85 & 86) tells us that catechesis is:

  • Promoting knowledge of the faith, which is what we call religious education;
  • Liturgical education, leading a true liturgical life;
  • Moral formation, learning the Way based on conversion to Jesus Christ;
  • Teaching to pray, which requires apprenticeship;
  • Education for community life, including the ecumenical dimension development of households of faith;
  • Preparation to work in the vineyard as an active minister in an interfaith setting.