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Mission Statement

About HeartOfCatechesis.com HeartOfCatechesis.com has been established to work toward an authentic renewal of the ministry of catechesis as envisioned by the Second Vatican Council and the catechetical documents of the Magisterium. The website exists to offer informational resources for the personal formation of catechetical leaders, catechists, and all others involved in the ministry of handing the faith.

All resources on HeartofCatechesis.com are rooted in an understanding that catechesis can be properly renewed only if it is centered on the Person of Jesus Christ. All catechetical efforts must be oriented toward communion with Jesus Christ and participation in the life of the Most Holy Trinity. The website draws its inspiration in a particular way from these words of Pope John Paul II:

[A]t the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, "the only Son from the Father...full of grace and truth," who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever.... Accordingly, the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.

Site Features

HeartOfCatechesis.com currently has a regularly updated blog for those who have been entrusted with the task of handing on the faith, whether as catechetical leaders, parish catechists, Catholic school teachers, or as parents.

The HeartOfCatechesis.com Resource Center currently includes links to hundreds of resources for the personal formation of those who teach the Catholic Faith. Add your favorite resources to "Your Library" for further study and reflection. Follow the blog for information about forthcoming site features!


Leonard Wathen

corporate headquaters HeartOfCatechesis.com is designed and maintained by Leonard Wathen, a parish catechetical leader. He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and an Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from the Notre Dame Graduate School and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Leonard Wathen is the Director of Religious Education at St. Aloysius Church in Leonardtown, MD and is a frequent instructor in the Archdiocese of Washington Hearts Aflame Catechist Formation Program. His published works include "The Mission of Catechsis" in the October - December 2007 edition of The Sower.

Leonard and his wife have three sons - Joseph, Jonathan, and Joel. Leonard can be contacted by email at wathen@heartofcatechesis.com. Website feedback is greatly appreciated.


Notable Quotes

[A]t the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. Accordingly, the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity. (John Paul II - Catechesi Tradendae 5).
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him (Benedict XVI - April 24, 2005).
The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the "hierarchy of the truths of faith". The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men "and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin" (Catechism 234).
Jesus Christ not only transmits the word of God: he is the Word of God. Catechesis is therefore completely tied to him. Thus what must characterize the message transmitted by catechesis is, above all, its "christocentricity." It is essentially a trinitarian christocentricity. Christians, at Baptism, are configured to Christ, "One of the Trinity", and constituted "sons in the Son", in communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Their faith is, therefore, radically Trinitarian. (General Directory for Catechesis 98-99).