2021 IJRSE – Volume 10 Issue 2
Special Luminary Issue on Education and Religion
Available Online: 4 December 2020
Catechesis or Religious Education is the act or process of teaching the faith to make the Gospel of Jesus be known to all people. As the Lord commissioned the apostles during the mission mandate to “go and proclaim the good news to all nations and baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, it clearly shows the very vital role and mission of the Church to evangelize and make disciples of Christ. With this great responsibility, the Church, through the help of the Catholic schools, must proclaim the Christian faith to all, not only the Catholics and Christians, but to all people, regardless of faith and culture. The message of Christ’s teaching is rooted in love, which is common among all religions and beliefs. In celebrating this Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious dialogue and Indigenous cultures, the researcher conducted a study and tried to find out the impact or effect of catechesis or religious education to the students of the University of Santo Tomas Senior High School who are non-Catholics and non-Christians in their faith life. The respondents of this study are the students from the Grade 12 level under the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand. Moreover, the researcher used the “mixed method” of descriptive method through survey questionnaires in order to gather and analyze data. The results of the study would be a great help for catechists and religious educators to know if there is an outcome or impact in teaching the Christian faith to people who have different faiths and culture. At the end, this research would also suggest some ways in order to make catechesis more effective, holistic and inclusive in nurturing one’s relationship with God and promote dialogue, harmony and understanding among different faiths especially for the strengthening of the mission of Catholic Schools to make known and echo the message of Jesus.
Keywords: Catechesis; religious education; Ecumenism; interreligious dialogue; Catholic school
Cite this article:
Quimson, L. O., Jr. (2021). The impact of Catechesis among grade 12 Non-Catholic and Non-Christian students of University of Santo Tomas senior high school. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 10(2), 67-76. https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2020.5725