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Neocatechumenal Way: Annual catechesis for adults commences this week

Tuesday 18 June 2019

Media and Communications Office
 
The Annual Catechesis for Adults for 2019 commenced at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and was held by Fr Ricciardi Vittorio on Monday this week.
 
Set to take place every Monday and Thursday evening, the Catechesis is held by The Neocatechumenal Way, a Christian formation which seeks to educate post-baptismal religious and non-religious adults alike about the fundamental aspects of the Catholic faith.
 
The night featured evangelisation talks by catechist couple Adele and Francis from the UK and began and concluded in prayer, led by Fr Vittorio.
 
 
‘In transmitting this catechesis, it is we who have experienced it ourselves and one day maybe you’ll do the same,’ said Adele. ‘It’s good news of Christ’s love. When I began this catechesis I felt unloved. I didn’t realise I felt unloved, but there were lots of question marks in a sense’.
 
 
‘But in this catechumen, I’d experienced lots of things happen in people’s lives around me which I could say that have really changed. When you feel loved as you are, you actually can start to love yourself and love other people,’ she said.
 
In his talk, Francis explained the relevance of the Neocatechumenal Way. ‘It’s the way the early church evangelised and what this is, is a really deep way of conversion,’ he said.
  
 
‘Conversion comes from the outside, it’s not something you can do yourself. These steps are stages in the community that you go down because faced with real people and their real problems,’ Francis explained.
 
The Neocatechumenal Way was formed in Madrid in 1964 by Kiko Aguello and Carmen Hernandez and has grown to become an international way of delivering ‘unique evangelisation’.
 
For more information on the Annual Catecheses for Adults, contact Fr Vittorio on 0433 211 597 or Lorenzo on 0401 678 022.
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