Why are artists and RCIA catechists important?

5 thoughts on “Why are artists and RCIA catechists important?”

  1. Absolutely a vocation and gift from God. Teaching is the expression of the divine in all its creativity and wonder.

  2. We (RCIA apostolates) are the canvas of our art. If the candidates do not see the truth, beauty and goodness of the Christian life in us and thru us nothing we have to say will matter. The world does not need more teachers. It needs witnesses.

  3. The words attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi ring true here:
    “Teach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.”

  4. Nick,

    Thank you for an fine article.

    I must take exception, however, to “Artists vs. Art Teachers.” I am a practicing artist who has exhibited professionally; I am an art teacher who has worked with all ages from pre-school through grad school; and I am a catechist and parish catechetical leader, including RCIA, who now works as a diocesan consultant.

    It is true that some art teachers are not artists. It is also true that some artists are not teachers. Lastly it is true that sometimes the same person is both artist and teacher.

    That last category is the one to nurture: people who can mentor others in discipleship AND teach.
    it doesn’t have to be a “versus” or an “either/or” but rather a “both/and”, whether in the arts or in catechesis.

    I understand the point you are making; but I had to respond.

    Thank you for all the fine work that comes from Team RCIA!

    Judi Engel

    1. Hi Judi. I agree with you 100%! Thanks for clarifying. And thanks for all you do to support this ministry. All the best.

      Nick

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