Nun runs successful ‘catechist factory’

Nun runs successful ‘catechist factory’
Sr. Mary Jane Elisan, MSHT poses for a picture with young people who are learning catechism. In green is parish volunteer Rosalie Gico.

MANILA – For the last 7 months, a sister of the Missionary Servants of the Holy Trinity (MSHT) has been turning the young people who attend her catechism sessions into brand new catechists.

According to Sr. Mary Jane Elisan, between the period of March and October this year, 17 new young catechists have signed up after her weekend formative sessions.

Most of the new catechists she has produced in the past months are young students, she said. Some of them are in college taking up various courses.

Staying drug-free

The new catechists serve as instruments in broadening the apostolate to reach more people and in multiplying the number of catechists, Elisan said.

Through the formative sessions, the young not only learn the catechism of the Catholic Church, Elisan said. Their engagement in class helps them stay drug-free, and far from friends with bad influence and other threats to life.

Elisan also recognizes the vulnerability of the young outside their homes.

Attending catechism can steer them clear of external risks, she said.

More than the usual

The young go beyond learning the prayers, sacraments, Apostles ’ Creed, 10 commandments, and things about Mary, she explained.

According to Elisan, during the weekend formation and activities, the young individual meets and interacts with people whose values can influence them to become better persons.

Elisan, who graduated from her higher studies from Sienna College early this year, teaches catechism to more or less 30 young people at the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

She also conducts formative seminars for the young by invitation. CBCPNews