10 Favorite Things About Being a Catechist

What's your favorite thing about being a catechist? - question and question marks

What’s your favorite thing about being a catechist? We asked this question on our Catholic Faith Formation Facebook page and got some great responses.

My first graders renewed my energy for teaching them, with their innocence and enthusiasm. My seventh graders challenge me to step it up and try to help them through the jungle of unbeliefs they are facing in their everyday world.

—Ruth Campbell Spitzer

Renewing my faith through sharing it with others

—Michelle Alaimo-Hussey

Enjoying the children in awe with the stories we tell and how Jesus loves them. Their smiles are everything.

—Bill Emond

Sharing our faith with them, doing crafts, and helping them to learn the Word of God through our lessons.

—Sara McLaughlin

The questions! I teach first grade and their questions always amaze me; they are connecting and thinking deeply about things. And I love the challenge of “translating” complicated concepts into something a six-year-old can understand.

—Karen Bencke

The fact that what we share as lessons can be life-changing, inspiring, and leads others closer to the heart of Jesus.

—Bro. Winston Victorino

Watching my Confirmation students come to understand our faith. The probing questions they ask about our Church, our world, morality. They think so much more deeply than most give them credit for.

—Kimberly Zimmer

Sharing my faith with my children each year. Being able to share Jesus’ unconditional love and learning something from the children also.

—Rose George-Bretz

Seeing 120 kids receive the Eucharist for the first time.

—Monina Mulleague

Seeing faith move from head to heart, from just words to truth, and going from learning about Jesus to personally knowing him.

—Vanessa Blomfield

What would you add?


Consult the Effective Catechist section of the Finding God Catechist Guide for practical tips and support in your role.

About Denise Gorss 80 Articles
Denise Gorss is a catechist with 17 years experience, mostly in junior high. She appreciates the gifts of Ignatian spirituality and likes sharing various types of prayer with the young people in her groups. She enjoys seeing the world on pilgrimages and lives in the Chicago area, where she works as Web Editor at Loyola Press.

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