RC522 Proclaiming the Primary Truth – Religious Education and Catechesis in the Life and Ministry of the Church

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Module Level


Time Allowance

Twenty-Four Hours of Class Time (Four classes of three hours in both semesters)


• An essay on a mutually agreed topic drawn from the reading (2000 words) – 60% • A presentation to the class on a particular topic/author or presentation to the Research Seminar – 20% • Active engagement in the monthly gatherings and responses to classroom discussion – 20%

Module Aims


  • The aim of the reading curse is to introduce the students to writing in the area of religious education and catechesis, from the earliest sources to the current magisterial documents from the former Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.


  • To become knowledgeable of important writings in both Religious Education and Catechesis so as to understand how it has developed firstly, from the very beginning and secondly, from the Second Vatican Council.
  • To identify the key authors and key themes of Religious Education and Catechesis.
  • To engage critically with the writings of both authors and the Magisterium
  • To understand the relationship between theory and practice.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Session One – Early Church to St. Augustine
  • Session Two – Erasmus, Rousseau, Pestalozzi and Humanism
  • Session Three – Religious Orders and Congregations and Religious Education
    • St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Angela Merici
    • St. John Baptist de la Salle
  • Session Four – Religious Education in the Twentieth Century
    • John Dewey
    • Maria Montessori
    • Sofia Cavalletti
  • Session Five – Second Vatican Council, Gravissimum Educationis, Congregation for Catholic Education, and afterwards
  • Session Six – Catechetical Directories and the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization


  • TBA