The Permanent Synod of the UGCC reasoned over the challenges of catechetical ministry
Continuing his work in Kyiv, the Bishops of the Permanent Synod listened to a report by Mr. Nazar Duda, Deputy Head of the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission, on the current state of catechetical ministry in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and its perspectives.
One of the traditional topics of the Permanent Synod’s meetings is the report on the implementation of its decrees and decisions. Last year, during September 2-11, the Bishops of the Holy Synod meditated on the theme “God’s Word and Catechism.” That is why his report Mr. Nazar Duda began with an analysis of the decrees’ implementation at all levels of church life: from living parishes to dioceses, exarchates and metropolises of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
As a separate point, the speaker highlighted the development of cooperation between the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission and the catechetical commissions of dioceses and exarchates. In addition, Mr. Duda presented a wide-ranging panorama of tasks in the formational sphere, facing our Church today in its catechetical service. Among such tasks is the development of new catechetical materials in accordance with the latest challenges and signs of time; formation of catechists and teachers of Christian ethics, which should take place continuously; formation of the clergy through seminary education and institutes of permanent formation. The speaker reiterated that it is the priests who are first called to take care of catechetical ministry in their parishes, involving parents and families, capable catechists and teachers, children, youth and adults.
In addition, the Deputy Head of the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission presented the actual state of youth catechism. In turn, the Bishops of the Permanent Synod engaged the Theological Department of the UGCC in the work on the content.
After the report, the Bishops stressed the rapid growth of the challenges facing the Church today, which it can answer precisely because of its catechetical ministry for all ages and levels of the population. Again, here it is worth mentioning the constant catechization, which should embrace not only children and youth, but adults as well.
Having finished the meeting, the members of the Permanent Synod had an opportunity to get acquainted with the premises of the Patriarchal Curia and the Curia of the Kyiv Archeparchy, in particular, with the future synodal halls. They then headed for the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, where in the crypt they jointly prayed for the rest of the soul of the light memory His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar.
Press Office of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC