Definition of catechist in English:



  • A teacher of the principles of Christian religion, especially one using a catechism.

    • ‘In historical fact, Black Elk spent his adult life as a devoutly Catholic evangelist and catechist among the Lakota Sioux Indians.’
    • ‘It will perhaps be most useful for prospective or new catechists who need a brief overview of what is involved on the methodological and the experiential side of this ministry.’
    • ‘In 1852 he went to Hong Kong and became a Christian catechist.’
    • ‘Our targets were the TNI post, the house of the village chief, and a shop owned by the Catholic catechist.’
    • ‘In fact, the proliferation of Christian churches in Africa had more to do with African catechists than it did with European missionaries who, nevertheless, have long enjoyed a higher profile.’
    • ‘As a result, the papal nuncio told a group of catechists that ‘The church is in danger because of the insane behavior of this archbishop.’’
    • ‘Some came in quest of physical health, and Augustine was never slighting about those who did so, though the catechists should teach them that religion had higher ends.’
    • ‘Is there another way that preachers, teachers, and catechists can tell the story that can help break cycles of violence and victimization?’
    • ‘In 1910 Petelo Boka, a catechist in the Redemptorist missionary station at Vungu, wrote down a series of historical and ethnographic notes about the Kongo.’
    • ‘Kirill has also established a theological seminary for catechists, nurses and choir trainers in part of the administrative complex.’
    • ‘Protestant pastors, deacons, and lay preachers and Catholic priests, catechists, and elders direct their respective congregations.’
    • ‘Would-be catechists can study for three years, during which time they can explore their vocation for the priesthood.’
    • ‘He quickly learnt that his mother and father, who was a catechist with the local Anglican church, had not survived.’
    • ‘Their occupations included one primary school pupil, two secondary school students, two farmers, three teachers, one Catholic catechist, one retired police officer, and three unemployed persons.’
    • ‘Furthermore, her husband, the revered Kanak political leader Rock Pidjot, had attended a catechists' school on the main island at the same time as two leading Drueulu catechists.’
    • ‘He was an extraordinary preacher, a devoted pastor, a catechist who wrote his own catechism, a visitor of the sick, a counsellor, and one deeply concerned about missions, ecumenism, church polity, and church discipline.’
    • ‘Nearly 75 out of 200 theology majors at Notre Dame serve as catechists in local parishes.’
    • ‘Far too often the only children who come forward for the children's Liturgy of the Word are the children of the catechists themselves.’
    • ‘But the catechist says that God loves everyone alike.’
    • ‘The Indonesian bishops have been petitioning for some 30 years now to ordain some of their married catechists in order to provide the Eucharist mass and the sacraments for people.’


Mid 16th century: via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek katēkhistēs, from katēkhein ‘instruct orally’.