Catechesis in the Patristic Tradition

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, September 10th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Catechesis in the Patristic Tradition” by Jean Daniéloufrom the Fall 2020 (Volume 47.3) issue of Communio entitled “Love as a Form of Life”.

The following is taken from the Introduction to the issue:
In Retrieving the Tradition we feature a translation of Jean Daniélou’s “Catechesis in the Patristic Tradition.” Daniélou characterizes the early Church’s practice of catechetical instruction as a mode of initiation into both the mind and the acts of the Bride of Christ. In forming catechumens in the fundamental tenets of the faith, this transmission of what the Church confesses is oriented toward preparing the initiate to live within the mysteries of Christ made present in Scripture and in the liturgy. “The goal of the catechist,” Daniélou writes, “is to provide an education for the future baptizands that . . . introduces them into Christian existence.” In this way, the pastoral dimension of catechesis flows from and returns to the truth of Christ, just as its doctrinal dimension is animated by and serves to communicate the Spirit of charity.

We plan to hold an outdoor hybrid meeting at the Newman Centre Guelph, 325 Gordon Street, Guelph, If weather does not permit meeting outdoors, we plan to hold the meeting in Newman House.

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