Definition of catechesis in English:



mass noun
  • 1Religious instruction given with a catechism in preparation for Christian baptism or confirmation.

    • ‘Christian catechesis meant learning the distinctively Christian language formed by the Scriptures.’
    • ‘Education, and especially simple catechesis for children, was the major priority of religious congregations and the church in general.’
    • ‘It can't mean this at the college level, and shouldn't mean this at earlier levels of education or catechesis.’
    • ‘If these aids of faith are accepted at all they are often accepted in the early years of life, before catechesis and discursive instruction, before theological reflection and engineered ritual.’
    • ‘Better sermons became a major source of religious instruction, the liturgy was regularized, and there was a new emphasis on catechesis, the effort to help the young in particular learn the rudiments of their faith.’
    • ‘Dan Dolan, who worked with him for six months, said he put great care and effort into everything he did, from saving Mass, to making Christmas decorations, to doing catechesis and outreach in local villages.’
    • ‘Farwell's logic sits uneasily with the fact that confirmation, and the catechesis that goes with it, are no longer viewed as conditions for participating in the Eucharist.’
    • ‘At the college level, the academic theologians of the last generation were right to try to separate theology from catechesis construed as memorization of the one-sentence answers to several hundred questions.’
    • ‘In catechesis, this meant helping them learn the basic doctrines and practices of the faith through an intensive program of catechetical instruction.’
    1. 1.1 (in Roman Catholic use) religious instruction in general.
      • ‘Since worship is the primary, often exclusive means of Christian catechesis, what will be the effect of language in which the doctrinally ill-equipped worshiper must impute the Nicene faith to the Eucharistic prayer?’
      • ‘For a wider audience interested in the origins of Christian catechesis, canon law, and liturgy, this no-nonsense work of historical erudition is an important place to begin and to frequent.’
      • ‘A commitment to general education and not merely theological education and catechesis followed.’
      • ‘Confessing and repenting of social sins have rarely been emphasized in church catechesis as strongly as confession of personal sins.’
      • ‘This surely entails renewed commitment to catechesis and education in those nations, including our own, where there is widespread biblical and religious illiteracy.’
      • ‘This essay seeks to develop an understanding of Christian catechesis as a practice, or set of practices, informed, at heart, by doxology.’
      • ‘It is parish leaders and parishioners who do not value catechesis enough to provide trained young people with well-paid careers in the field.’
      • ‘For most Christians, technology can add welcome new means for evangelization and catechesis.’
      • ‘In any event, the sense at the meeting was that the bishops need to focus on putting the Catholic house in order, concentrating on evangelization, catechesis, the Eucharist, and the priesthood.’
      • ‘Perhaps most important, it has sparked for many church leaders an important and needed turn toward catechesis and spiritual formation.’
      • ‘It followed for Lindbeck that Christian catechesis is a more appropriate emphasis for churches than the various modern strategies to make Christianity reasonable, attractive or relevant.’
      • ‘In my article, I tried to state clearly that I was not calling for a return to a pre-Vatican II style of catechesis, but something new.’
      • ‘On 24 June 1985 the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews issued a document with the unmemorable title Notes on the correct way to present the Jews and Judaism in preaching and catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church.’
      • ‘Liturgy is the primary source of all Catholic life and catechesis.’
      • ‘Art has always been a chief means of Christian evangelism and catechesis.’
      • ‘Preaching and catechesis continue the participation and prayer in expanding the Christian life of the human community.’
      • ‘Forty years ago, we dismantled an extremely effective method of catechesis, the handing on of the Faith from generation to generation.’
      • ‘Encouraged by these developments, we rejoice in a greater measure of common catechesis based on Scripture and the ecumenical creeds that we share.’
      • ‘Faith is jointly transmitted by home, school and Church, so its loss during the years of most complete exposure would seem to indicate grave defects in the catechesis and liturgy to which this generation has been subjected.’
      • ‘We urgently need an effective program of catechesis and religious education on all levels.’


Mid 18th century: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek katēkhēsis ‘oral instruction’.