AMERICA/MEXICO - Meeting of indigenous and peasant catechists: synodality experienced by catechists and their communities

Wednesday, 9 February 2022 catechists   catechism   pope francis   episcopal conferences   indigenous  

Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - The 19th meeting of indigenous and peasant catechists promoted by the Pastoral Care for New Evangelization and Catechesis of the Mexican Episcopal Conference (CEM), will be held from 21 to 24 February. Hundreds of catechists will meet in virtual form to reflect on the theme "Catechesis yesterday, today and tomorrow". The meeting aims to deepen the catechetical processes so that catechists can live their vocation as witnesses of Christ in accompanying the communities on their journey of faith with greater awareness.
The note released by CELAM underlines that among the activities proposed during the meeting, there is the analysis of the Motu Proprio "Antiquum Ministerium" with which Pope Francis established the ministry of the Catechist, the deepening of the identity of catechesis and the importance of synodality in the Church, the ways in which synodality can be lived by catechists. Another central point of the meeting will be the review and analysis on the processes of catechesis among the indigenous and peasant peoples of Mexico, an activity that is part of that active listening that characterizes the synodal processes. An uncommitted faith, the absence of accompaniment, the loss of values, the crisis of the family, individualism and the effects of a profound economic and employment crisis: these are some of the characteristics of the environment in which the project of indigenous and peasant catechesis in Mexico develop. As the introductory note points out, faced with these difficulties the catechist's mission may seem impossible, an almost heroic task to which few can aspire. However, these adverse realities become challenges for men and women who, working directly with the communities, transform problems into challenges that deserve to be analyzed and faced, thinking of accompanying children and adults to live a true encounter with God that helps them to assume with faith and serenity these realities, with the support of the practice of the sacraments. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 9/2/2022)