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 The Catechist

What is a Catechist?

A catechist is a person of faith who is called by the parish or school community to hand on the tradition and teaching of the Catholic Church to others. This call demands that the catechist understand church doctrine and demonstrate appropriate teaching skills. More than that, a catechist realizes God’s voice in this call to serve, and recognizes the need for continuing personal growth and faith formation.
A catechist...
  • has a strong awareness of God’s grace in his/her own life
  • realizes the importance of building Christian community
  • participates regularly in the liturgy and desires to deepen her/his own prayer life
  • is open to change, yet is deeply rooted in Christian convictions while respecting individual growth, differences and cultures
  • communicates effectively with others
  • is committed to ongoing personal religious education and formation
  • has a dedication to service and commitment to teaching within the Roman Catholic tradition.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles offers formation for catechists which leads to certification at both the basic and advanced levels. More information on certification is available by clicking the appropriate link to the right.
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