“Discipleship” is an in-word today in Catholicism. I hope the acquisition for our vocabulary is more than just idle chatter.
The ninth objective listed under goal number one (enthusiasm for faith leading to sharing faith with others) involves “foster(ing) a sense of discipleship among Catholic adults and children.” (GMD 99)
Children too? Seriously?
- development of parochial and religious education curricula on the themes of discipleship with concentration on evangelization;
- training for discipleship;
- prayer events in parishes and larger Catholic organizations; and
- wider involvement in ministry and service as part of the stewardship of gifts that God gives the Church.
Does this happen in Catholic high schools? During the preparation period for Confirmation? The best thing a religious educator, a liturgist, or a social justice minister can do is read Sherry Weddell’s book Forming Intentional Disciples. (I’ll be reviewing it here in a few days.) We use her material to help us form our student leaders. I can tell you that we get the cream of the crop from Catholic schools around the state and beyond. And we still have a lot of work to do with these faith-filled young adults when they step forward for leadership.