Definition of catechist in English:

catechist

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Far too often the only children who come forward for the children's Liturgy of the Word are the children of the catechists themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the catechist says that God loves everyone alike.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In historical fact, Black Elk spent his adult life as a devoutly Catholic evangelist and catechist among the Lakota Sioux Indians.’
    • ‘Protestant pastors, deacons, and lay preachers and Catholic priests, catechists, and elders direct their respective congregations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nearly 75 out of 200 theology majors at Notre Dame serve as catechists in local parishes.’
    • ‘Is there another way that preachers, teachers, and catechists can tell the story that can help break cycles of violence and victimization?’
    • ‘Would-be catechists can study for three years, during which time they can explore their vocation for the priesthood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kirill has also established a theological seminary for catechists, nurses and choir trainers in part of the administrative complex.’
    • ‘He quickly learnt that his mother and father, who was a catechist with the local Anglican church, had not survived.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

catechist

/ˈkædəkəst//ˈkadəkəst/