• Nathaniel Cruz Redemptoris Mater College, Bangalore


The Catechism of the Catholic Church not only highlights a need for
growing in baptismal grace but in view of this growth it also draws
attention to a post-Baptismal catechumenate.1 This has become even
more relevant today in the face of growing desacralization,
dechristianization and crisis of faith. In 2005 Cardinal Ratzinger
highlighted the need of an “adult faith”2 in today’s context of
relativism, in which even the Church’s mission is considered with
relativistic categories or is even opposed. As all the reforms in the
Church have given rise to new initiatives inspired by the Holy Spirit,
so also, after the Second Vatican Council many realities have been
generated by the Holy Spirit. One such example is the Neo-
Catechumenal way. With the original aim of making the sign of the
missionary Church visible in parishes, through the renewal of
Baptism in stages (using rites which belong to the catechumenate) lived
in small communities, the Neo-Catechumenal Way has grown over
the years and today is spread in over 120 countries with nearly 45,000
communities made up of brothers and sisters who are rediscovering
their baptism.

Author Biography

Nathaniel Cruz, Redemptoris Mater College, Bangalore

Rev. Dr Nathaniel Cruz (India) is presently the prefect of studies at the
Redemptoris Mater College, Bangalore and is an Itinerant Presbyter in the team
responsible for the Neo Catechumenal Way in Nepal. He had his doctoral studies in
dogmatic theology at the Gregorian University, Rome. E-mail:


Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium.

PAUL VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi.

JOHN PAUL II, Catechesi Tradendæ.

JOHN PAUL II Christifideles Laici.

Card. Joseph Ratzinger, “Homily: Misa Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice”, in L’Osservatore Romano, English Edition, 20 April 2005.

Giuseppe GENNARINI, “The Rediscovery of the Catechumenate in Karol Wojtyla and the Approval of the Neocatechumenal Way”, in Neocatechumenale Iter: Statuta, Chirico Editore, Rome 2003.

Ezechiele PASOTTI, “Historical Note”, in Neocatechumenale Iter: Statuta, Chirico Editore, Rome 2003.

Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi.

Ezechiele PASOTTI, “Historical Note”.

John Paul, Ogni Qualvolta, in AAS 82(1990).

How to Cite
Cruz, N. (2010). THE NEO-CATECHUMENAL WAY. Asian Horizons, 4(02), 264-269. Retrieved from