We Walk With Christ
June 28, 2021
Holy Spirit Seminary, Lviv
– Bishop David Motiuk, Chair, Patriarchal Catechetical Commission
Glory be to Jesus Christ!
I am delighted to join you today as His Beatitude, Patriarch Sviatoslav, officially promulgates our Youth Catechism, We Walk With Christ.
Allow me to share with you a few thoughts about the new Youth Catechism and how it came it came about.
From YouCat to We Walk with Christ
At the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, Pope Benedict XVI gifted each youth participant with a YouCat, short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Holy Father’s desire was to provide an aid for youth worldwide to better understand the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Similarly, Patriarch Sviatoslav and the bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church worldwide – who love our youth dearly – wanted to provide our youth with a simple guide to the Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ, Our Pascha, which is celebrating 10 years since it was written. So we wrote to youth all around the world, asking them what they wanted to know about their faith and their relationship with God. We were overwhelmed when we received over 900 questions and responses!
We went to work, and over time, we organized the responses into the Youth Catechism which we are pleased to present to you today. Indeed, Dear Youth, in no small way, you helped write the Youth Catechism. A Youth Catechism written by youth for youth!