Training for Parish Catechists

The word "Catechesis" is rooted in the Greek verb katekhein, to resound or echo. St. Luke in Acts uses the verb as "instructing in the way of the Lord."  Catechesis is based on Scripture, Tradition and Liturgy, as well as on the teaching authority and life of the Church. Its purpose is to develop a living, explicit and active faith through the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church. A systematic formation to become a catechist includes the study of the history, nature, goals, principles and process of catechesis.

Catechetics is interdisciplinary since it draws from other fields, such as theology, biblical studies and social sciences. Its main concern is a process of growth in the faith. Therefore, the purpose of catechetics is to instruct the individual in the teaching of the Bible and the Tradition of the Church.

This part of the website gives full details regarding the various opportunities on offer to every member of the diocese.


External Training Courses

The diocese is working with external institutions to provide recognised training programmes for catechists and anyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge of the faith. For more information, please email:

Proclaim Westminster

Catechist Training Courses being run in the Diocese

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  • 30 March 2019
    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019- Niland Centre- Bushey Heath
    Time:9:30am - 3:00pm
    Venue:Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, Elstree Road, Bushey Heath. WD23 4EE

    Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019
    Forming Missionary Disciples, Building Missionary Parishes

    You are in invited to Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019, supporting the setting up and development of Parish Evangelisation Teams, for the formation of Missionary Disciples and development of Missionary Parishes.

    Bishop John Sherrington
    North Areas

    Date: Sat 30th March 2019
    Venue: The Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, Elstree Road, Bushey Heath. WD23 4EE 
    Time: 9.30am to 3.00pm

    Proclaim Spring Gatherings are for laity and clergy from Parishes, Schools, Youth and other chaplaincies who are involved or interested in local evangelisation.
    The events are free, with coffee & tea etc. provided. Please bring your own lunch.
    To register for the Proclaim Spring Gathering, and for more information please e-mail Warren Brown at Telephone contact is 0207 798 9152

  • 1 June 2019
    Mass for New Catholics 2019
    Time:6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Venue:Westminster Cathedral, 42 Francis St, Westminster, London SW1P 1QW, UK


    Westminster Cathedral at 6.00pm Saturday 1st June 2019

    All received into the Church at Easter, their families & friends, their catechists & priests are welcome to attend.

Catechesis Summary
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"The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ"

(GDC 80).