from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a catechumen.
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These truths are spiritual and moral, and her catechumenal schools (see CATECHUMEN) were instituted for the purpose of teaching them.
The catechumenal schools, however, gave expression to the spirit which was to animate all subsequent Christian education: they were open to every one who accepted the faith, and they united religious instruction with moral discipline.
Pantaenus, a converted Greek Stoic, who became head of the catechumenal instruction at Alexandria, in 179 A.D., brought to the training of future Christian leaders the strength of Greek learning and
In addition to its spiritual and political power, the Church also had developed, in its catechumenal instruction and in the cathedral and monastic schools, a very meager form of an educational system for the training of its future leaders and servants.
Two sets of catechumenal lectures have survived, which give an idea as to the nature of the instruction.
Compare the work of the Sunday School of to-day with the catechumenal instruction of the early Christians.