“Primary proclamation is addressed to non-believers and those living in religious indifference. Its functions are to proclaim the Gospel and to call to conversion. 

Catechesis, "distinct from the primary proclamation of the Gospel", promotes and matures initial conversion, educates the convert in the faith and incorporates him into the Christian community. The relationship between these two forms of the ministry of the word is, therefore, a relationship of complementary distinction. Primary proclamation, which every Christian is called to perform, is part of that "Go" which Jesus imposes on his disciples: it implies, therefore, a going-out, a haste, a message. 

Catechesis, however, starts with the condition indicated by Jesus himself: "whosoever believes", whosoever converts, whosoever decides.” -General Directory of Catechesis 61

“Sherry Weddell author of Forming Intentional Disciples, explains the heart of her book at an International Conference in Malta in 2012

PowerPoint on Forming Intentional Disciples by Colleen Reiss Vermeulan


Kerygma is a Greek word which means “proclamation”. In the Christian context, it zeroes in more precisely on the proclamation of the Good News (or “Gospel”) of Jesus life, death, and resurrection. In other words, Jesus came to save us and the message we proclaim is about him. It need not be complex or too long. In fact, we ought to be able to tell the saving story of Jesus’ life in a simple manner that can be understood by all. Marcel LeJeune 

Intentional Disciples

The goal of evangelisation and catechesis is to invite seekers to move from initial trust through to making a conscious decision to Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and to order their lives accordingly.