from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who catechizes, especially one who instructs catechumens in preparation for admission into a Christian church.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who practices catechesis, i.e., catechizes catechumens; a teacher who instructs students in the doctrines of a particular Christian denomination typically in preparation for confirmation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who instructs by question and answer, especially in religions matters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who instructs orally, or by question and answer; a catechizer; specifically, one appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who instructs catechumens in preparation for baptism (especially one using a catechism)


French catechiste, from Old French, from Late Latin catēchista, from Late Greek katēkhistēs, from katēkhizein, to teach by word of mouth; see catechize.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See catechize (Wiktionary)


  • "See, it says here that being a catechist is a vocation that requires careful discernment.

    The Ironic Catholic

  • Sadly, I have heard a catechist instruct a group to stick their tongue out like a frog; it then became a joke among them.

    The Prime Years for Catechesis are in Childhood

  • As a young person, I was beat up on a daily basis in middle school and high school; I was denied the right to start a gay-straight alliance in a public high school; and my ability to effectively serve as a catechist for the Archdiocese was questioned by those who felt my sexuality served as an "impediment."

    Joseph Amodeo: LGBT Catholics March Not In Defiance, But In Love

  • The underlying thesis and conviction of this small book, then, is that the Catechism of the Catholic Church not only offers us a new, definitive account for our time of the contents of the Catholic Faith; its value for the catechist lies more broadly in the pedagogy that informs every page.


  • Over the years, she also volunteered as a docent and librarian for the Washington National Opera; an information specialist and docent at the National Gallery of Art; an information specialist at the Smithsonian Institution; and a catechist for children at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in College Park.

    Frank Creel; Marion Gaines III; J. Paul Hile; Ruth Jones; Russell Kirk; Rita Landers

  • Simon was raised as a Catholic, and after his father died while Simon was still a boy local priests paid for him to be trained as a catechist.


  • After he buried his wife the doctors told Raymond that she had a problem with her heart, that part of it was rotted, but when I asked the catechist whether he believed his wife had been killed by witchcraft he replied, “Oh, absolutely, one hundred percent.”


  • The detainees confessed to the soldiers who were trained for a month in Guatemala, after being recommended by a catechist of the diocese of San Cristobal, El Comandante Uerco, techniques for arming, disarming and kaibiles survival.

    Illegal Weapons Trafficking Grows in Mexico

  • For Alan..great Catholic evangelist, catechist, inspiration & Wow!

    For Alan..great Catholic evangelist, catechist, inspiration & Wow! A Liverpool accent!!

  • Catholicmomof10militant: For Alan..great Catholic evangelist, catechist, inspiration & Wow!

    For Alan..great Catholic evangelist, catechist, inspiration & Wow! A Liverpool accent!!


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