• Greek katechoumenos, one instructed


A name applied to one undergoing instruction preparatory to the reception of Baptism and admission into the Church. Historically, there were three distinct classes of catechumens

  • audientes, or hearers
  • catechumens proper, sometimes called genuflectentes, or kneelers
  • competentes, or those ready for Baptism

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “catechumen”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2008. Web. 30 November 2021. <>