The adult catechumenate: one church's experience

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Daniel J. Meeter

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The adult catechumenate may be defined as a process by which the congregation offers Christian formation to new believers (catechumem) through Bible study, prayer, companionship, teaching, profession of faith, the sacraments, and service, that begins in Advent, gets moving in Epiphany, intensifies in Lent, climaxes with baptism at Easter, finishes at Pentecost, and manifests itself at key stages within Sunday worship. The process may be modified to serve the "re-formation" of those who are already baptized.

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Catechumens; Christian education of adults; Spiritual formation
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