At this time of the year, I get many questions from people asking what grade I will be teaching next year. The last couple of years, I taught 6th grade. Before that, I did a year of 4th grade and previous to that, I did several years of 8th grade Confirmation.
So, just what WILL I be teaching next year? Drum roll please…
I am so excited to be turning my attention to what the General Directory for Catechesis refers to as the “chief form of catechesis” toward which all other forms of catechesis “are in some way oriented.” (59)
Adult catechesis covers such a wide range of experiences including first and foremost, RCIA as well as Scripture study, faith sharing groups, parent meetings (especially sacramental prep for their children), liturgical catechesis, systematic catechesis, occasional catechesis, and so on.
I will be exploring many of these forms of catechesis, reporting on efforts taking place at primarily 2 parishes in Chicago where I will be offering my services: St. Cajetan (where I served as a catechist last year) and St. Barnabas.
In some cases, I will be reporting in depth on adult faith formation initiatives already taking place in these parishes that are successful, sharing with you the nuts and bolts of how the staff at these parishes have developed, implemented, and sustained these efforts. In other cases, I will be working with the staff of these parishes to bolster existing adult faith formation efforts and to develop new ones, once again, reporting on the details from start to finish so that you can take the information, apply and adapt it to your own circumstances, and grow in your efforts to make adult faith formation more of a priority in your parish.
That does NOT mean, however, that Catechist’s Journey will lose its focus on child catechesis. Rather, I look forward to expanding my blog to bring in other voices to share on what they are doing in child catechesis and I will eagerly add my thoughts, comments, and ideas to their contributions.
So, fasten your seat belts and get ready for a new adventure on the Catechist’s Journey!