Neocatechumenal Way

I acknowledge the Neocatechumenal Way as an itinerary of Catholic formation, valid for our society and for our times.
— Saint John Paul II

The Neocatechumenal Way, also known as the Neocatechumenate or 'the Way,' is a new ecclesial charism within the Catholic Church which focuses on the formation of Christian adults.

The Neocatechumenate is implemented in small, parish-based communities of between 20-50 people. There are around 40,000 such communities throughout the world, with an estimated million members.

Speaking at a January 20 meeting with over 7,000 members of the Neocatechumenal Way Pope Benedict XVI heralded their work as "a special gift which the Holy Spirit has given to our times." He also said that the movement has shown a special ability to "foment a renewal of the richness of sacramental life among people who have distanced themselves from the Church, or who have not received adequate formation."

The Neocatechumenal Way arose in 1964 through the work of Kiko Arguello and Carmen Hernandez to evangelise the slums of Madrid, Spain.

It seeks to lead people to fraternal communion and mature faith.

Pope St. John Paul II with Kiko Arguello and Carmen Hernandez, the inititators of the Neocatechumenal Way.

Pope St. John Paul II with Kiko Arguello and Carmen Hernandez, the inititators of the Neocatechumenal Way.