When I entered a doctor of ministry program a few years back, some people asked me what I would do when I was finished with the program. “Will you be changing jobs? Will you be getting a promotion? Will you teach at a University? Will you be getting a raise?” Well, recently I finished the course work for my D. Min. So what’s the first thing I did?
I volunteered to serve as an eighth-grade catechist!
All too often, advanced studies take people farther and farther away from actual practice of what they have studied. Many of our catechetical experts in the United States are professors in universities, directors of various catechetical organizations, or on the staff of diocesan catechetical organizations. Don’t get me wrong: we need people in such positions, and many fine people are serving in these capacities. However, I felt very strongly that if I was going to be seen as a trusted voice in the ministry of catechesis, the best thing for me to do was to be a catechist. The catechetical community needs to have a voice coming directly from the “trenches,” and that’s exactly where I want to be: embedded with the church’s catechetical “troops.”
I’m one of you. I’m with you on this journey. I share the same joys and challenges of forming our young people in faith. The purpose of this blog is to reflect on this journey; to identify strategies, tools, and tips for increasing our effectiveness as catechists; and to deepen our spirituality so that the well never runs dry.
I’m honored to be accompanying you on this journey. May the wind of the Holy Spirit be at our sails!