Church Documents on Catechesis
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Church Documents on Catechesis

Note: Some of the following are available online, some are only available in hardcopy.

Catechetical Directories

Directory for Catechesis, Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelizaton, 2020.
Directorio para la Catequesis, Pontificio Consejo para la Promoción de la Nueva Evangelización, 2020.

National Directory for Catechesis, United States Conf. of Catholic Bishops, 2005.
Directorio Nacional para la Catequesis, USCCB, 2005. 


Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1997. (Also at USCCB Website)
Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2005.
Compendio Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, 2005.

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, USCCB, 2006.
Catecismo Católico de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos, USCCB, 2008.

Pastoral Statements of the US Bishops

Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization, USCCB, 2012.

Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the US, 1992, 2002.

​In Support of Catechetical Ministry, USCCB, 2000.

Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, USCCB, 1999.

Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, USCCB, 1997.

Sons and Daughters of Light: A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults, USCCB, 1997.

Sharing the Light of Faith: National Catechetical Directory, 1979.

To Teach as Jesus Did: A Pastoral Message on Catholic Education, 1972.


Resources of USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis

Living as Missionary Disciples: A Resource for Evangelization, USCCB, 2017

Preaching and Teaching About the Sacraments, USCCB, 2015

Sacramental Catechesis: An Online Resource for Dioceses and Eparchies, USCCB, 2012
Catequesis sacramental: Recurso en línea para diócesis y eparquías, USCCB 2012

High School Curriculum Framework - Adaptation for Use in Parish and Youth Ministry Programs, USCCB, 2010

Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living, USCCB, 2008 

High School Curriculum Framework, USCCB, 2008


Papal and Curial Documents

Directory for Catechesis, Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelizaton, 2020.
Directorio para la Catequesis, Pontificio Consejo para la Promoción de la Nueva Evangelización, 2020.

Christ Is Alive: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Young People / Christus Vivit, Francis, 2019
Vive Christo: Exhortación apostólica postsinodal a los jóvenes / Christus Vivit, Francisco, 2019

Joy of the Gospel / Evangelii Gaudium, Francis, 2013
La Alegría del Evangelio / Evangelii Gaudium, Francisco, 2013

The Light of Faith / Lumen Fidei, Francis, 2013
La luz de la fe / Lumen Fidei, Francisco, 2013

General Directory for Catechesis, Congregation for the Clergy, 1997.
Directorio General Para La Catequesis, Congregacion para el Clero, 1997.

Guide for Catechists, Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, 1993.
Guia Para Los Catequistas, Cong. para la Evangelización de los Pueblos, 1993.

Adult Catechesis in the Christian Community, International Council for Catechesis, 1990.

On Catechesis in Our Time / Catechesi Tradendae, John Paul II, 1979.
Sobre la Catequesis en Nuestro Tiempo / Catechesi Tradendae, Juan Pablo II, 1979.

On Evangelization in the Modern World / Evangelii Nuntiandi, Paul VI, 1975
Acerca de la Evangelización en el Mundo Contemporáneo, Pablo VI, 1975.

General Catechetical Directory, 1971.
Directorio Catequístico General, 1971.


Documents of the universal Church as well as those issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops provide direction for catechesis in the United States. Dioceses use these documents to guide the development, evaluation and revision of catechetical programs. Authors and publishers of catechetical resources employ these documents to improve their materials. These documents have also prompted study and research in the field of catechetics.
- National Directory for Catechesis, 8



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