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Catechism Commission


EtymologyHistoryMedieval periodModern period
The term Catechism derives from the Greek word Katecheo (κατηχέω) which means to teach orally. In the early Church, Christian doctrines and precepts were instructed to the newly converted persons and it was considered a catechesis.
The mystery of Trinity, mystery of life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, mystery of the Church, the second coming of Christ, Sacraments etc were the primary doctrines of the Church. Bishops and priests would instruct the newly converted (or new candidates) on sacraments and mysteries. It was considered mystagogical catechesis (learning about mysteries).
Later, no much attention was given to catechesis; faithful including clerics were ignorant of Christian doctrines. Medieval period was notorious for the ignorance. There was a form of catechism which consisted of memorisation of apostle’s Creed and Lord’s Prayer. During the time of Protestant revolution there was catechism in a question-answer form. In 1566, according to the decision of the Council of Trent, a Roman Catechism was published. It was called Catechism of Pius V also.
Bishops and priests were asked to instruct Doctrines and the faithful are asked to be trained in them. There were many attempts to do proper catechism in the Catholic Dioceses. It was in1908 that St. Pope Pius X published a Catechism text. In 1992, Pope John Paul II officially promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Catechism in Kerala Church

Mar Mathew Makil published a catechism text for the vicariate while he was apostolic vicar of Changanacherry. He was a visionary and was convinced of the importance of catechism. He issued pastoral letters inculcating the necessity of catechism. Priests and parents are asked to instill Catholic doctrine into pupils. Catholic formation from the very beginning of life of a child is important, according to Mar Makil. (Pastoral letter of Mar Makil no. 22/1906).

Catechism in the Archeparchy of Kottayam

There is a commission for Catechism (Faith formation) in the Archeparchy with a priest as its chairman; erudite and committed religious and lay leaders as its members. Sensing the importance of the commission and the geographical distance of parishes, a regional arrangement is provided in Malabar with a regional director and commission members.

The Catechism Commission of the Archeparchy of Kottayam is reconstituted with the following members with effect from August 22, 2022.

  1. Fr. Bressan Ozhungalil (Chairman)
  2. Fr. Joseph Vellapallikuzhiyil (Malabar Region)
  3. Sr. Ayona SVM
  4. Sr. Alexy SVM
  5. Sr. Betsy SVM
  6. Sr. Ani SVM
  7. Sr. Dalia SVM
  8. Sr. Johnsia SVM
  9. Sr. Prakash SJC
  10. Sr. Thejas SJC
  11. Sr. Pavithra SJC
  12. Sr. Priya SJC
  13. Sr. Celina SJC
  14. Sr. Emma LDSJG
  15. Sr. Martha LDSJG
  16. Sr. Maria Gabriella LDSJG
  17. Sr. Shiji Pallikkara, Caritas Secular Institute
  18. Sr. Joicy Parappallil, Caritas Secular Institute
  19. Mr. U.K Stephen Urumbil, Muttom
  20. Mr. Mathews Jerry Mulloor, Caritas
  21. Mr. Tom Mathew Karikulam, Kaipuzha
  22. Mr. Mathew Philip Palakan,Kaduthuruthy
  23. Mr. Thomas Mathew Koithara, Kidangoor
  24. Mr. Benny Vattamthottiyil, Punnathura
  25. Mr. Jose M Edassery, Monippally
  26. Mr. Johnny T.K, Caritas
  27. Mr. James Kochuparambil (CML), Ettumanoor
  28. Mrs. Jaimol Mathew Vellamattom, Chunkom
  29. Mrs. Sheeba Joseph Pulikuthiyal, Njeezhoor
  30. Mrs. Lucy Sunny Kizhakkanadiyil, Piravom






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