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Indian bishops publish Directory for Lay Catechists

Indian Bishops released the Directory for Lay Catechists.

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India published the Directory for Lay Catechists in Kochi, Kerala, South India, on September 12.

The Directory for Lay Catechists contains directives and norms regarding the identity, formation, and role of lay catechists, like Sunday school catechists, teachers of catechesis in regular schools, and full-time catechists in the mission areas.

The Directory was released by Archbishop Joseph Kalathiparambil of Verapoly, by handing over its first copy to Bishop George Palliparambil, S.D.B. of Miao diocese, Chairman, Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) Commission for Catechetics, at Ashirbhavan, Ernakulam, during the national catechetical conference.

Bishop Aplinar Senapati, C.M. of Rayagada; Father Stephen Alathara, Deputy Secretary General, CCBI; Father Duming Gonsalves, Executive Secretary, CCBI Commission for Catechetics; Father Gilbert Choondal, S.D.B.; Father Mathew Puthiyath, Secretary, Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council, Commission for Catechetics; and Father Vincent Naduvilaprambil, Secretary, Verapoly Archdiocesan Commission for Catechetics, were present at the releasing ceremony.

The Directory for Lay Catechists is a set of guidelines on the vocation and mission of lay catechists.

Pope Francis has made this ancient ministry relevant in the 21st century with his Apostolic Letter, Antiquum Ministerium, published on May 10, 2021.

The lay catechists should be installed as ministers through the official rite, which is also included in the directory.

The purpose of this directory is to provide directives for bishops, catechetical directors, and lay catechists to know and understand its identity and mission, said Father Alathara.

It helps the parish priests initiate a proper selection of lay catechists, their adequate formation, and their specific roles in the parishes. This directory gives a roadmap towards the ministry of lay catechists in India, he added.

For copies, kindly contact the CCBI General Secretariat or call +91-9886730224.


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