• Noble Therese Nirmala Province, Congregation of the Daughters of Mary.


preparation, evangelization, missionary, baptism, initiation, admission, liturgical, formation, apprenticeship, rights, difference, particular law, burial.


A comparative study of CCEO c. 587 and CIC c. 788 on the catechumenate shows the juridical nature of the catechumenate in both codes. First of all, there is no substantial difference between the two canonical norms. Both CCEO and CIC canons resemble the ancient catechumenate and reproduce the Second Vatican teaching on the catechumenate. At the end of the analytical study of canons on the catechumenate in both codes, it is possible to arrive at a conclusion that sacramental initiation is not possible without due preparation and the catechumenate is an essential requirement for adult baptism. In particular, the Church has a special concern for catechumens, cherishes them as her own and grants them various prerogatives. The codes, however, did not go into this question at length but rather left it to the bishops’ conferences in CIC and particular law of each Church sui iuris in CCEO to lay down norms regarding the catechumenate, deciding what the catechumens are to do and what prerogatives they should enjoy.

Author Biography

Noble Therese, Nirmala Province, Congregation of the Daughters of Mary.

Sr. Noble Therese D.M holds a doctorate in canon law from Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome. Her research work has been published under the title “The Catechumenate in Codex canonum ecclesiarum orientalium and its implementation in the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church: A Comparative Study with Codex iuris canonici.  She is a member of the Nirmala Province of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary. At present she serves as a judge of the tribunal of Major archieparchy of Trivandrum of the Syro- Malankara Catholic Church.