Field Hospital Catechesis: The Core Content for RCIA Formation

Nick Wagner

ISBN: 9780814644669, 4466
eISBN: 9780814644898, E4489
Details: 122 pgs , 6 x 9
Publication Date: 03/08/2018

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Our Book Review

Nick Wagner’s book is written in a passionate and engaging style where you can hear him speaking directly to your heart. He illustrates his teaching with numerous deeply personal stories and draws heavily upon the teachings of Pope Francis, who of course who envisions “the church as a field hospital after battle”. Nick, gives very practical advice on how Catholic parishes can evangelise and offer healing to those who are wounded and lost outside the confines of the walls of a church. RCIA teams are encouraged to spend much more training on how they proclaim, by sharing their own stories of faith and deep listening to those who are seeking. Nick clearly instructs that the role of a catechist is to share the mystery of Christ in ourselves and our communities (i.e. evangelise) and that the study of doctrine and scripture will never by itself foster faith. All through the book I came to see although Nick is speaking to RCIA teams in particular, he is offering a deep challenge for the church to become made up of RCIA parishes, not just parishes offering the RCIA. Here, in Australia, with the first topic of Mission and Evangelisation now being considered in the Plenary process, this book gives a good deal of food for thought. However, the structure of our parishes also largely involves families attending Catholic schools and many remote country areas. Nick’s expertise and wisdom in the USA cannot provide particular instruction for all aspects of our region. Field Hospital Catechesis is a valuable resource especially for those offering formation to RCIA teams and parishes wanting to proclaim the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus Christ.
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