Catechesi Tradendae – Module One

This first module of our Catechesi Tradendae study guide demonstrates how catechesis is a practice, a demonstration, and an experience of the unity of the Church in Jesus Christ.

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We have produced a guide to Pope Saint John Paul II’s landmark document on Catechesis – the 1979 Apostolic Exhortation Catechesi Tradendae.

This module examines the profound connection between what Christ did, what he taught, and who he is.

Christ himself is the model for catechists. Christ is the true teacher and author of what is taught in all catechesis, which is in essence the mystery of his own person. He gave the Church its catechetical mission.

Prayer Before Study

St Thomas Aquinas’s Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever. Amen.


This 24-page PDF contains:

  • Meditation on the Themes of the Text.
  • Outline of the Text
  • Text of Catechesi Tradendae
  • Summary Questions
  • Lectio Divina Passages
  • Prompts for Journaling
  • Discussion Questions

It can be downloaded and printed so you can follow the first section of Catechesi Tradendae.


We have produced four audio readings of Catechesi Tradendae. Archbishop John Wilson reads the first quarter of the document. Note: This was produced in 2019 – the 40th anniversary of Catechesi Tradendae.

Prayer After Study

Holy Lord, I thank you for the opportunity you have given me to study your Word and to grow in knowledge and love of your wisdom. As I now return to other tasks I pray that you will continue to enlighten my mind to know you better and enflame my heart to grow in love of you. Help your holy Word to take root and blossom in my soul so that all that I have learned in study may shine forth in everything that I do. Help me to build up your kingdom here on earth and grant me many more opportunities to know you better through study. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, your living and true Word. Amen.