The New Directory for Catechesis Available for Pre-Order Through CCCB Publishing

Tuesday, September 01 2020

Ottawa – Following the 25 June 2020 release of the new Directory for Catechesis by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) Publications is pleased to offer the official English translation for sale in Canada through pre-order beginning today.

Common to the General Catechetical Directory (1971) and the General Directory for Catechesis (1997) that preceded it, the Directory for Catechesis (2020) focuses on the goals and tasks of catechesis (religious formation and education). However, the new document places particular emphasis on the important relationship between evangelization and catechesis as a response to the realities of the 21st Century, as well as on advancements in digital communications and also on the need for evangelization at all stages of an individual’s ongoing catechetical formation. This is known as “kerygmatic catechesis”.

“Catechesis is an essential part of the broader process of renewal that the Church is called to bring about in order to be faithful to the command of Jesus Christ to proclaim always and everywhere his Gospel (cf Mt 28:19). Catechesis participates according to its own nature in the effort of evangelization, in order that the faith may be supported by an ongoing maturation and express itself in a way of life that must characterize the very being of the disciple of Christ. Because of this, catechesis is related to the liturgy and to charity in making evident the essential unity of the new life which springs forth from Baptism.” (cf. Directory for Catechesis, p. 10)

The Directory (2020) will be particularly useful for Bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons and lay people who are directly involved in the work of evangelization and catechesis at the diocesan level, and may also be of interest to Eastern Catholic eparchies. It will be an indispensable aid for pastoral planning with key descriptions of evangelization, kerygmatic catechesis and pastoral conversion to missionary discipleship.

To help diocesan personnel learn about the key themes outlined in the 2020 Directory and its integration into their own work at the local level, the CCCB’s Office for Evangelization and Catechesis will host a four-part webinar series throughout the month of October 2020. There is no cost to register, but space is limited to the first 100 participants. If interested, please complete the online registration form no later than 21 September 2020. For more information, please contact the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis.

To pre-order a copy of The Directory for Catechesis (English), please call CCCB Publications at 1-800-769-1147 or e-mail

Availability of the official French translation of the Directory (2020)

The CCCB is awaiting further information regarding the publication of the official French translation of the Directory and will provide an update as soon as this is received.