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TITLE Adolescent and Youth Catechesis

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION The first part of this study-unit, focusing on the nature and characteristics of catechesis, will provide the necessary background for organizing, planning, implementing and evaluating adolescent and youth catechesis. It will discuss catechesis as an ecclesial act and address the place of catechesis in the ecclesial ministry of evangelization. It will also seek to clarify catechesis' relationship with other ecclesial ministries, especially that of the Word of God.

The second part of this study-unit will present the basic principles, nature and characteristics of adolescent and youth catechesis with special attention given to the psychological, social, moral, religious and spiritual needs of both adolescents and youth. The study-unit will also present various models of adolescent and youth catechesis from both the local and universal Church.

The last part of this study-unit will address the formation of catechists who will be responsible for adolescent and youth catechesis.

Study-unit Aims

The main objectives of this study-unit are:

1. to assist the student to understand the nature, characteristics and place of catechesis in the Christian community;
2. to expound the basic principles for organizing, planning, implementing, and evaluating adolescent and youth catechesis; and
3. to make students familiar with different models of adolescent and youth catechesis.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- grasp the significant place of catechesis in youth ministry as well as in the Church;
- link adolescent and youth catechesis to the other three pillars of ministry (Diakonia, Leitourgia, and Koinonia); and
- compare and contrast the different models of adolescent and youth catechesis.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- evaluate the different models of adolescent and youth catechesis; and
- organize, plan, construct, implement and evaluate a programme for adolescent and youth catechesis in view of the local and particular needs.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Warren, Michael. Ed. Sourcebook for Modern Catechetics, 2 vols. Winona, MN: St. Mary’s Press, 1983.
Congregation for the Clergy. General Directory for Catechesis. Vatican City: Libreria editrice, 1997.
National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis. Source Book on Adolescent Catechesis: Volume 1. Washington, D.C.: NFCYM, NCEA, NCCL, 2008.
USCC. Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. Washington, D.C. : USCC Publications, 1997.
Arċidjoċesi ta' Malta. Dokument tas-Sinodu Djoċesan: Adolexxenti u Żgħażagħ. Malta: Media Centre Publications, 2003.
Kummissjoni Djoċesana Żgħażagħ. Prosposta għal Strateġija ta' Evanġelizzazzjoni maż-Żgħażagħ 16+. Unpublished document.
Barbetta, Salvatore. "La Formazione cristiana dei giovani. Quadro di riferimento a partire dalle proposte CEI, AGESCI, CL" Catechesi 77 (2007-2008) 1: 30-44 and 2: 44-72.
Barbetta, Salvatore. Rievangelizzare gli adolescenti: Una comunità che progetta il cammino umano-cristiano degli adolescenti. Leumann, Torino: Elledici, 2005.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Carl Mario Sultana

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