Introduction to Catechetics

taught by Eric Westby, Phd

Course description

This course is directed to anyone involved in parish and school catechesis. These sessions introduce the participant to the role of catechesis within the totality of the Church’s mission of evangelization. It discusses catechesis as a form of the ministry of the word that deepens faith, doing so through instruction and an apprenticeship in the Christian life. This course examines the key elements that make up catechesis, including doctrinal content, divine pedagogy, catechetical methodology and the role of the catechist.

Hours of Instruction: 4

Eric  Westby, Phd
Eric Westby, Phd
Institute Director

Eric J. Westby, PhD is the Director of the Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the Director of Parish and School Catechesis at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He is an assistant professor of Theology for Franciscan University of Steubenville. He received his doctorate from Liverpool Hope University, with his thesis entitled "Equipping the Catechist of Catechists: A Critical Discussion of Seminary Formation in Light of Priestly Ministry in Catechesis." He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, from where he was the first student to complete the graduate specialization in catechetics. He holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, and has been involved in full-time catechesis since 1988. He is a regular presenter at the summer St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published youth ministry materials through YOU! Press and is the founder of and More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.

Course Curriculum

Session 1 - Introduction to Evangelization and Catechesis
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Session 2 - Themes in the Catechism
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Session 3 - Evangelizing the Culture
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Session 4 - Divine Pedagogy and Human Methodology
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Session 5 - Those Responsible for Catechesis
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Session 6 - The Process of Conversion
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Session 7 - Catechesis According to Age
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Session 8 - Keys to the Deposit
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Session 9 - The Ecclesial Method
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