The Neocatechumenal Way is a gift of the Holy Spirit at the service of the bishops as one of the forms of diocesan implementation of Christian initiation and of ongoing education in faith for baptized adults, especially those who desire to deepen and mature their faith, those who have not been sufficiently evangelized and catechized, and those who have drifted away from the Church.
St. John Paul II wrote, “I recognize the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation, valid for our society and for our times.”
The Neocatechumenate is implemented in the parish, the privileged location in which the Church, mother and teacher, brings the children of God to birth in the baptismal font and “gestates” them to new life.
The Neocatechumenal Way, being an itinerary of rediscovering our Baptism and lived in small communities, will foster in its recipients a mature sense of belonging to the parish and to promote relations of profound communion and collaboration with the pastor and rest of the parish community, gestating in the brothers love and unity, sign of Jesus Christ for this generation and making the Neocatechumenal community a credible witness for the far away, “Love one another as I have loved you, by this all men will know that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35)
Antonio & Maria Rosa Bruno
Itinerant Responsibles for Illinois