The word Catechist means “one that catechizes.” It is a derivative of the word Catechesis which means to “echo.” A catechist then is one who echoes the Word of God and passes on the Catholic tradition and teachings. But a catechist is much more than just a teacher who shares factual knowledge; a catechist is a “minister” of the church, one who is commissioned by the community to help form faith in others and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. A catechist is a mentor, witness, faith sharer, and model in the Christian way of life. If you have accepted the request to be a catechist in your parish, you have accepted a responsibility given to a select few. Here are some articles, webinars, videos to help you become a better catechist in your parish. There are approximately 5,000 catechists in the Diocese of St. Cloud every year. THANK YOU for taking on this important role in your parish, our diocese, and in the life of someone else!