Definition of catechesis in English:



  • Religious instruction given to a person in preparation for Christian baptism or confirmation, typically using a catechism.

    ‘Christian catechesis meant learning the distinctively Christian language formed by the Scriptures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It can't mean this at the college level, and shouldn't mean this at earlier levels of education or catechesis.’
    • ‘Education, and especially simple catechesis for children, was the major priority of religious congregations and the church in general.’
    • ‘In catechesis, this meant helping them learn the basic doctrines and practices of the faith through an intensive program of catechetical instruction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’



/ˌkadəˈkēsəs/ /ˌkædəˈkisəs/


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