This is a Job for Catechists!

In recent comments, Pope Benedict XVI urged all Catholics to accept the call to search for Christ and witness and spread the good news of his Resurrection to the world with zeal. 

This sounds like a job for catechists! 

Of course all Catholics are called to do this, but as catechists, we are at the forefront of this effort.  The Pope explained that, “we are called to be witnesses to the death and resurrection of Christ. We cannot keep the great news to ourselves, we must spread it to the entire world.” 

I think that is why we are catechists in the first place…we can’t keep it to ourselves! 

The Pope stressed that the mission of the disciples then and now “is to bear witness to the death and Resurrection of their master and of their new life.” 

May God give us the grace to do this!    


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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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