Definition of a Catechist: Catechists are called to share their faith, give witness, pray, model service, and build community. Catechists minister to adults, youth, and children in a variety of locations and programs such as Sacramental Preparation, RCIA, Family Programs, Scripture Study, and more. Through Word and example, catechists hand on the Catholic faith and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Vocation of the Catechist: The General Directory for Catechesis tells us that catechists have a vocation…a calling from the Lord rooted in Baptism to carry out His mandate to proclaim the Gospel. And furthermore, it states that “The Church awakens and discerns this divine vocation and confers the mission to catechize. The Lord Jesus invites men and women, in a special way, to follow him, teacher and formator of disciples.”1
The Call to be a Catechist: The call and response to become a catechist is recognized in the local Church by the Bishop. The response to this call includes willingness to give one’s time and talent, not only to catechizing others, but to one’s own growth and understanding of the faith. The call to this ministry often comes through the pastor, catechetical leader, youth minister, pastoral associate, or another catechist.
Qualities of a Catechist: Catechists must possess and exhibit qualities or characteristics necessary to give credible witness to the Gospel. A catechist must: be a model of Catholic Christian faith and lifestyle; participate in the spiritual, theological, and methodological training and formation... know and abide by the parish and/or diocesan guidelines and policies promoting effective catechesis; and give sufficient preparation time for the catechetical task.2
The New or Transferring Catechist Agreement: Every Catechist must agree to: • Read and sign a statement of intent • Begin formation requirements for a certificate in catechesis • Continue to deepen and develop his/her Personal Spirituality • Commit to continuing formation • Learn the Methodology and Ministerial Skills necessary to be an effective catechist • Learn how to provide a Safe Environment for all students.
1USCCB, General Directory for Catechesis (GDC). (Washington, D.C.: USCCB, 2001), no.231 2Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry.Archdiocese of Chicago.
2Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry.Archdiocese of Chicago. (2009). http://www.catechesis catechesis -chicago.org/ (accessed on July 30, 2009).
In order to be a catechist we need you to:
First, fill out an Eapp found here
This is an employment application that will enable us to do a background check on you.
Then, attend an Ethics and Integrity workshop, register here.
Once you have completed your online Eapp with the Diocese of Austin you may view and sign-up for a workshop – see website.
Finally, fill out a registration form form found below. State day, time and grade you would like to teach. Also, include a copy of your Ethics certificate.