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Local Catechists training held

26 participants from major tribal communities along with officials during the training programme.
NPN: Dimapur, 17 Jul 2008
Published on 17 Jul. 2008 11:55 PM IST
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Basic course on Catholic teachings and practices was held for local Catechists of Kohima Diocese from July 5 to 14 at Mount Tabour Retreat House, Kohima. Twenty-six participants from all major tribal communities of the State hailing from different parts of Nagaland undertook the training which also marks the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Kohima. The ten-day study cum training programme was organized by Pastoral Centre, Dimapur, which is the Faith Formation wing of the Diocese of Kohima, shepherded by the Bishop Right Reverend Jose Mukala. The short course was aimed at presenting the basic teachings and practices of Catholic Church in a capsule that the catechists would get something of everything of the Church Teaching as well as hand on experience on its practices. Local catechists also known as village catechists help the Parish Priests (Pastors) in villages under a parish (jurisdiction of the pastor) as leaders, teachers and faith formators. Untrained as they are the course was aimed at giving the catechists a basic training and skills even though in a limited way. Resource persons who dealt with various subjects like Scripture, Catholic Doctrines, Church History, Various practices and Rites of the Catholic Church were Reverend Fathers Jaison Thomas, Benny Varghese, Sabu Chenakal, George Keduolhou, Chacko Karinthayil, S. Devaraj, Rev. Sr. Jhancy and Zasi Stanny. Main resource persons however were the director of Pastoral Centre Rev. Fr. R. R. Graviour Augustine and the Programme Coordinator Rev. Sr. Dominica Kasho. During his unofficial visit the Vicar General of the Diocese of Kohima, Rev. Fr. Mathew Keemattam, said to the catechists, "You teach and form the people of the village more by your family life than by your instruction." Speaking on the convocation ceremony held at the end of the programme the bishop of Kohima exhorted catechists to share all that they have learnt with the people whom they are called to serve.

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