My (Feb. 2) post about “Natalie” is a good example of the lack of respect given to the role of the catechist. Catechists are not baby-sitters, den mothers, scout leaders, or lunch-moms/dads. Those are all roles with their own dignity, but to be a catechist is to have a vocation. When someone responds to that call to serve as a catechist, the Church owes her or him support, guidance, and formation. A friend of mine from Africa tells me that the catechist is the most respected person in the faith community in his homeland because they are seen as the person who shapes followers of Christ. All too often, in our culture, catechists are seen as simply well-intentioned volunteers. Let’s pray that the Church in the U.S. will fully support the vocation of the catechist and that we catechists will embrace our responsibility to do all we can to live up to this noble calling.
What kind of support are you receiving from your DRE, pastor, or diocese?