Catechetical Documents

Vatican Documents:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The General Directory for Catechesis (1997)

Catechesi Tradendae (1979)  – John Paul II exhortation “On Catechesis in Our Time”

Evangelii  Nuntiandi (1975) – Paul VI exhortation “On Evangelization in the Modern World”

Guide for Catechists (1993) – Document of vocational, formative and promotional orientation of Catechists, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

Adult Catechesis in the Christian Community: Some Principles and Guidelines (1990), International Council for Catechesis

The General Catechetical Directory (1971)

Documents of the Second Vatican Council:

Documents from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop s and its predecessors:

The United States National Directory for Catechesis (2003) is available only in book form and is available through most major retailers and the USCCB.

The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (2006) is available only in book form and is avail through most major retailers and the USCCB.

Doctrinal Elements for a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age (2008)

Adaptation of Doctrinal Elements for Use in Parish and Youth Ministry Programs (2010)

Catechetical  Formation in Chaste Living: Guidelines for Curriculum Design and Publication (2008)

Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry (1997)

Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States (1992)

Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry (2005)

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States (1999)

Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series (March 2013) This updated often.

Special Needs Resource Directory (2007)

Sacramental Catechesis: An Online Resource for Dioceses and Eparchies (2012)

Documents from other organizations and sources:

The Challenge of Adolescent Catechesis (1993) is available in print for only from the NFCYM.

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