The Atlantic Catechetical Association held it’s 2017 Conference for Catechists of Atlantic Canada from October 20 – 22 2017 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. “The Spirituality of the Catechist, Growing in Faith” was the theme for the conference. Sr. Janet Schaeffler, O.P. was the keynote speaker and she spoke about themes that will help catechists grow in their spirituality and deepen their relationship with God.
The General Directory of Catechesis explains that “The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy, with Jesus Christ.” (General Directory of Catechesis n.80) For catechists to fulfill this aim, they must tend their spirituality and develop an ever deeper intimacy with Jesus Christ.
Participants discussed the four tasks of the catechist 1) Teachers of the Good News, 2) Builders of Community, 3) Leaders of Prayer and 4) Inviters to Service. Other topics addressed were the influences on our spirituality, characteristics of a Catholic spirituality, characteristics of a spirituality for catechists, and prayer as the foundation of one’s spirituality.
In addition to the keynote addresses, attendees participated in focus groups sessions and enjoyed a banquet with Cape Breton hospitality and entertainment on Saturday evening.
Bishop Brian Dunn from the Diocese of Antigonish, Bishop Richard Grecco from the Diocese of Charlottetown and Bishop Peter Hundt from the diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador were in attendance for the entire conference. There were well over a hundred catechists participating from Atlantic Canada. Thanks be to God for a wonderful convention and for the fruit that will be borne in the hearts of those that attended.