The world needs Christ. We need Christ’s mercy, His grace, and, most of all, His love. But in order to receive Him, we first must know Him. We must know who He is and why He came. We must learn what He requires of us and what He offers. We must know Truth.
The job of the catechist is to share the knowledge of Christ—the truth of Christ—so that people can fall in love with Him and be transformed by Him. In this day and age when even the existence of absolute truth is routinely denied, the need for strong, compassionate, and well-trained teachers of the truth is greater than ever before.
The Catechetics Program at Franciscan University is the largest in the country, and one of the finest in the world. Our graduates are prepared to “cast out into the deep” and bring the light of Christ to all the ends of the earth.
Our excellent faculty is guided by a spirit of “dynamic orthodoxy.” We teach the unchanging truths of the faith in all their eternal glory, with a constant openness to the Spirit in how we do so. You will learn the most effective teachings methods and have the opportunity to make them your own through field experience and seminars.
But perhaps the most important tool for a catechist is the witness of his or her own life. As Pope Saint Paul VI wrote, in his landmark encyclical Evangelization in the Modern World, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” With multiple daily Mass times, perpetual eucharistic adoration, a strong Catholic culture on campus, and professors who themselves live the Catholic life, our students are constantly invited to renew and deepen their relationship with the Lord so they might teach what they love and love what they teach.
"Those who wish to effectively serve the Church as catechetical ministers in a pluralistic and increasingly secularized culture must be prepared through an education that stresses the fundamental unity of catechesis, apologetics, and evangelization. The Franciscan University of Steubenville has excelled in enabling its graduates to recognize and implement the connection between these dimensions of handing on the Catholic faith." -Francis Cardinal George, OMI Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago