The Neocatechumenal Way is defined by His Holiness Saint Pope John Paull II when he writes: “I recognize the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation, valid for our society and for our times.
The Neocatechumenal Way is an instrument at the service of the bishops for the rediscovery of Christian initiation by the baptized. It is for those who drifted away from the church, those who have not been sufficiently evangelized and catechized, for those who desire to deepen and mature their faith, and those who come from Christian denominations not in full communion with the Catholic Church. Also Clerics and Religious who desire to revive the gift of Baptism through the Neocatechumenate. In this was also to serve it better, undertake it respecting their vocation and their own charisms, and in fulfillment of the tasks assigned them by their diocesan bishop or, the case of religious, by their superior.
The Neocatechumenate, being an itinerary of rediscovery of Christian initiation, is usually implemented in the parish, “The usual place in which one is born and grows in the faith”, and the privileged location in which the Church, mother and teacher, brings the children of God to birth in the baptismal font and “gestates” them to new life. The initial catechesis and the neocatechumenal itinerary are based on the three fundamental elements (“tripod”) of Christian life, underlined by the Second Vatican Council: Word of God, Liturgy and Community. As Pope Francis quoted in an audience to members of the Neocatechumenal Way, “This is the Neocatechumenal Way, a true gift of Providence to the Church of our time.”
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