The Minor in Catechetics seeks to assist students first to a more profound understanding of the Catholic Faith as it is transmitted to us through Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition of the Church and the authentic proclamation of the Magisterium.  Second, the concentration also aims to prepare students to work in religious education programs in Catholic schools and parishes as well as assisting with programs designed for college students and youth ministry.  Students who have graduated in this concentration can expect that they will be able to fulfill the words of Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae: “Every catechist should be able to apply to himself the mysterious words of Jesus: ‘My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.’” (CT 36; John 7:16).

Required Courses:
Beginning with the early Church and continuing through our own time, this course will explore the nature of catechesis through important catechetical texts which describe the rich tradition of the formation of Christian disciples and the handing on of our Catholic faith through word and sacrament. Because all catechesis is directed toward attaining intimacy with Christ (Catechesi Tradendae 5) and sacramental initiation, the christocentric and ecclesial dimensions of catechesis will be explored and emphasized. Course readings elucidate the dynamic relationship between catechesis, evangelization and conversion. These readings include the Didache, St. Augustine’s First Catechetical Instruction; St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s Catechetical and Mystagogical Sermons; Sermons by St. Gregory the Great, St. Peter Canisius and contemporary papal teaching including Evangelii Nuntiandi, Catechesi Tradedae and Novo Millennio Inuente, as well as the General Directory for Catechesis. Prerequisite: THEO 105, 205.

The restoration of the Catechumenate after the Second Vatican Council and the beginning of the RCIA process has brought about tremendous renewal in catechesis and has helped to foster an ever growing number of adult conversions into the Church. The annual celebration of the awe-inspiring Sacraments of Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil, and the Rites leading up to this celebration, has become a focal point for catechists everywhere. This course will explore the dynamic nature of the RCIA process with its four stages, and the catechetical methodology that is appropriate to each stage. The course will further explore the nature of post-baptismal catechesis and consider successful pedagogies for the evangelization and catechesis of children, youth, and adults.  Special emphasis will be given to the exploration of vibrant diocesan and parish catechetical programs as first fruits of new evangelization. Readings for this course include the RCIA Study Edition, Catechesi Tradendae, Catechetical Documents and The Mystery We Proclaim. Prerequisite: THEO 105, 205.

Theology Elective in Apologetics (C. S. Lewis, Foundations of Apologetics, etc.)
EDUC 201 Educational Foundations or EDUC 202 Educational Psychology
PSYC 301 Human Development


Dr. William Riordan
Fr. Robert Garrity
Dr. Michael Dauphinais