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"In places of long-standing evangelization, where the Baptism of children is widespread,
young people and adults are presented with experiences of catechesis and spirituality
enabling them to rediscover their faith with maturity and awareness, so that they
can then take on a coherent commitment of witness to that faith."
---Benedict XVI, 29 OCT 2006
What is the Neo-Catechumenal Way?
What is the Neo-Catechumenal Way? Is it a group? a private association? a religious institute? The Neo-Catechumenal Way or Neocatechumenate is a way of conversion, a Christian initiation within the Catholic Church that is dedicated to adult faith formation.
The Neo-Catechumenal Way does not lay claim to forming a movement in itself, but to helping parishes open a way of Christian initiation to Baptism, in order to discover what it means to truly be a Christian. The Neo-Catechumenal Way is essentially offered to those who have already been baptised, but who do not have an adequate Christian formation.
"The Way" was launched in response to Vatican II, and believes that the Church must react to social changes of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly secularism, by becoming more of a community and returning to the teachings of the early Christians. Over the past thirty years it has built seminaries around the world and is today one of the fastest-growing ministries within the Church.
The Neo-Catechumenal Way began in 1964 in the slums of Palomeras Altas, Madrid, through the work of Mr Francisco (Kiko) Argüello and Ms Carmen Hernández who, at the request of the poor with whom they were living, began to proclaim to them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As time passed, this kerygma was embodied in a catechetical synthesis, founded on the tripod: "Word of God - Liturgy - Community", that seeks to lead people to fraternal communion and mature faith. [ Read more ... ]
The Neo-Catechumenal Community in Kuwait
The Neo-Catechumenal Community was initiated in Kuwait on the 1st of December 2006, after His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin had invited Catechists from Italy to come here. They were: Rev. Fr. Ermenio, Filippo, Margherita and Salem.
The Adult Catechesis began on 26th November 2006 at 7.15 pm with three sessions a week. Every day was a new experience with Scripture-based teachings and interaction, coming face to face with the reality of our Catholic faith and also familiarizing ourselves with the teachings of the Old and New Testament.
Finally, after almost a month of Catechesis, we had a Retreat for three days to sum up the Catechesis and seal our zeal to begin a new life in the Neo-Catechumenal Community.
What we do in the Community is that we have the preparation of the Word and of the Eucharist by different teams for the celebration of the Word on every Tuesday and the celebration of the Eucharist every Saturday.
We have had three “Convivences”. That is in simple terms, is a thanksgiving get together held on Sundays, once every month from morning to evening, dwelling on the Word of God and then sharing each one’s experiences in the Community.
All in all we are on a journey to our promised land in Christ Jesus looking to Him with humility in order to draw strength and Grace for our conversion, which is necessary if we want to live a Christian life.
--- Report by Sucorro Lawrence
His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCI, Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait initiates the Neo-Catechumenal Way in December 2006,
at the Holy Family Cathedral Parish, Kuwait.
A Pictorial Overview of The Neo-Catechumenal Way
Parishioners at the service
of the parish
Catechesis: baptismal preparation,
communion, confirmation, marriage
Eucharistic ministers.. Other
the liturgy... Pastoral for the
the sick, the grieving, the jailed.
The Parish : a network of small
The Neo-Catechumenal Way is an
in the parishes to help parishioners
what it means to be a Christian
and to bring
back to the faith those who have
A people in communion
"It is necessary to create
communities like the Holy Family
which may live in humility, simplicity
praise, where the other is Christ."
Families open to life and able
"In the bosom of the small
the family recovers the sense
and joy of
its mission : to transmit both
supernatural life. Marriages
and become witnesses of Christ
in the social
urban life". (John Paul
Numerous vocations to the presbyterate
Many vocations to the priesthood
life, both male and female, have
this Way. A real answer to the
"Families in Mission : Trinity
Families in Mission : an answer
to the sects
and a sign of the Christian family
most de-christianized areas of
: "Reimplantatio Ecclesiae".
The Neo-Catechumenal Way is an instrument
in the parishes, in the service
of the Bishops,
to bring back to the faith all
have abandoned it. Today many
trying to carry out catechesis
This Way is a theological- catechetical
a catechism, a catechumenate
an itinerary of Christian formation
Redemptoris Mater Seminaries
More than thirty seminaries in
preparing diocesan missionary
their own diocese and the New
anywhere there is need. All vocations
from the Neo-Catechumenal Way.
The Gospels announced in the
is not time to be ashamed of
It is time to preach it from
(John Paul II)
Parishioners who consecrate every
and spiritual resource to the
Knocking on doors
In search of the lost sheep,
offering a road
to "come back" for
those who have
abandoned the Christian way of
"This is the secret of your
"...which provides religious
a practical training in Christian
and effectively integrates the
the community of believers which
is the Church."
January 12, 1977
"I recognize the Neo-Catechumenal
as an itinerary of catholic formation,
"The reflection upon the
Word of God
and the participation in the
possible a gradual initiation
into the sacred
mysteries, form living cells
in the Church
and renew the vitality of the
April 12, 1993
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