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Apostolate members are encouraged to receive good instruction in Catholic Catechesis. While many good catechisms are available, Father Hardon’s Basic Catholic Catechist’s Course and Advanced Catholic Catechist’s Course are highly recommended. Father Hardon also urged the practice of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and Eucharistic Adoration.
"The Catholic method has three parts. Everything in imitation of the Holy Trinity! And this is what I've been told by the Holy See for twenty-eight years. Part one: find the believing Catholics. Part two: train them. Part three: organize them. There are all kinds of training, but this is my own sacred responsibility. After finding the believers, I have trained them, again in three parts. They are the Marian Catechists, who have been required first to make the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for thirty days. That discipline prepares them to consult God in making decisions, to learn the Catechism, and to teach it. Then they are trained in doctrine by taking a home study course based on the Catechism. Years ago, the Marian Catechesis was based on the forthcoming Catechism, before it was published, because I was on the commission and I knew what was going to be in it. The third part of the catechists' training is a certain structured life, including prayer and worship. Most people do not live an organized life. The only structure in their lives is what they have to do to show up on time for work. Or, if they have a family, they might say what the family duties require. Finally, the organization of these catechists must involve the Church hierarchy; which means that they should be organized under the authority of their bishops united with the Vicar of Christ, the Bishop of Rome." - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
Around 1980, the Holy See asked Father Hardon to organize a catechetical training program for Blessed Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity as catechists. Later, Father Hardon founded an association, the Marian Catechists, so that any committed Catholic could benefit from these same training courses. He also provided comprehensive and indispensable guidelines for a member's spiritual life, the Marian Catechist Manual, available from Eternal Life. As the Marian Catechist Manual makes clear, a Marian Catechist's mission, active or contemplative, is to re-Christianize his or her little corner of a now pagan America. Blessed Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, all of who have taken the courses, give us some idea of the tremendous potential of the Marian Catechist Apostolate when reinforced by the Home Study Courses. If you would like to learn more about how to become a Marian Catechist or are just interested in knowing more about them, visit The Marian Catechists website for complete details.