GDC 238: “The dimensions of formation: being, knowing, and savoir-faire”

A brief section today, suggesting a certain level of personal integration–a self-development, a knowledge of the Gospel message, and a spirited ability to communicate that message to others. When all three are in place, then I think we have authentic catechists:

238. The formation of catechists is made up of different dimensions. The deepest dimension refers to the very being of the catechist(s), to (their) human and Christian dimension. Formation, above all else, must help (them) to mature as (people), believer(s) and as apostle(s). This is what the catechist(s) must know so as to be able to fulfill (their) responsibilities well. This dimension is permeated by the double commitment to the message and to (others). It requires the catechist(s) to have a sufficient knowledge of the message that (they) transmit and of those to whom (they) transmit the message and of the social context in which they live. This then is the dimension of savoir-faire, of knowing how to transmit the message, so that it is an act of communication. The formation of the catechist tends to make of him an “educator of (others) and of the life of (others)”. (Catechesi Tradendae 22d)

 

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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