Mike Aquilina

Teach and Preach Like the Fathers

Monday November 26th 2007, 3:01 am

My friend Ken Ogorek has written an innovative catechism. Actually, it’s a retrieval. Ken has reached back to the Fathers’ method of teaching by following the lectionary — the cycle of Old and New Testament readings that are used in the liturgy. It’s titled The Gospel Truth: A Lectionary-Based Catechism for Adults, and it’s a great resource for clergy and catechists. There are more than 400 pages of ready material for homilies and lesson plans that are biblical, doctrinal, and relevant. The Gospel Truth comes with a foreword by Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington and hearty recommendations from Ronda Chervin and Bishop Richard Malone of Portland, Maine.

Pastors, listen up: One priest bought a thousand copies (at bulk discount) so that he could give The Gospel Truth to each and every household in his parish. It’s a great way to do adult education. You get all the families going in the same direction, steered by the liturgy. You won’t find the book on Amazon, only at Ken’s place.