Catecumenate - Introduction into the Christian Faith


Catecumenate comes from Greek, "katechein" , and means guiding and training or educating. The Catecumenate may be described as a journey of faith, where poeple are are offered education and information and training in preparation for baptism, confirmation or renewal of baptism wows.


1. General

Online litterature

Senn, Frank C., "A Catechism on the Catechumenate" (1998)

A lutheran (ELCA) text explaining the Lutheran catechumenate. Download .

Duckworth, Jessicah L. K., "Conversion and Catechesis in the Community of Faith: Examining the Catechumenate in Eight ELCA Congregations"
A Lutheran paper on catechesis.

General Directory for Catechesis (1997)
Katolsk vejlending om katekese. Download .

Senn, Frank C., "A Catechism for the Catechumenate". Lutheran Forum, 1998).
An interview with the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Evanston about adult catechumenate. Download.

Ward, Karen M., "Making Adult Disciples: Rite for Our Times" (Christian Century, March 24, 1999)
K. M. Ward, who is " associate director of worship for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, headquartered in Chicago" explores how mainline churches these years are reviving the ancient cathecumenate traditions of initating adults into the Christian faith and the Church. Download.

"Selected Catechumenate Resources from the North American Association for the Catechumenate ( from the Allegheny Synod Bishop’s Convocation" (2004)
En meget omfattende litteraturliste om katekumenat. Download.

"To be a Christian in Finland. A guidebook to Confirmation for Immigrants and Finnish Expatriates" (2006)
Udgivet af den finske lutherske kirke. Download.

Wikipedia, "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults"
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Download.



CIBEDO ist die Fachstelle der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz mit der Aufgabe, den interreligiösen Dialog zwischen Christentum und Islam, sowie das Zusammenleben von Christen und Muslimen zu fördern. CIBEDO ist die Abkürzung für "Christlich-islamische Begegnung - und Dokumentationsstelle" in Frankfurt am Main.Besøg hjemmesiden

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Resource Site
Listed on this site are a series of documents on topics that are covered during the course of an RCIA process. Visit the website.


2. For people with Muslim Background

Online litterature

CIBEDO: "Muslime in Deutschland: Teil II: Einzelfragen. Konversion/Taufe"

Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirkche Hannovers, "Zweisprachige Unterlage für den Taufenunterricht"

Katholische Glaubensinformation, Islam und Christentum: Eine Gesprächshilfe

Katholische Glaubensinformation, Hinfürhrung zur Glaube

Sinclair, Michael, "Nine Bible Studies for Muslim Seekers. Preparing the Ground and Proclaiming the Gospel"
"The 49 page word document includes a short description of the study and an outline of points to bring up in each passage specifically for Muslims.  Also at the end of each study is the Qur'anic account of each story or passage".  Download.

Troll,  Christian W., Muslims Ask, Christians Answer
This homepage offers you the opportunity to read online the book „ Muslims ask, Christians answer". In addition the homepage shall list further questions from readers concerning the book and about Christianity and Christian-Muslim Relations in general, together with answers to these. Download.