Catechist



a person who catechizes.
Ecclesiastical. a person appointed to instruct catechumens in the principles of religion as a preparation for baptism.
Historical Examples

I shall have to lay myself open to such a catechist, and I am not sure that I am prepared to do it.’
North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

In 1881 he was elected as the first elder of the church, and in 1887 was appointed a catechist.
The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger

He was quite blind, and told me he was a catechist, which should have put me at my ease.
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson

After this, he and Nallamuttoo, the catechist, daily instructed me and prayed with me for many weeks.
Old Daniel Thomas Hodson

The cream of it is,” says I, “that he called himself a catechist.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25) Robert Louis Stevenson

When I told him of my catechist, he shook his head, and said I was lucky to have got clear off.
Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson

Since this may be in human nature, say “Yes” to the catechist.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864 Various

A catechist can conduct ordinary services, just as a minister can.
Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

“It was not for the want of a catechist,” I answered, setting myself in an attitude of attention.
The Portland Sketch Book Various

“Jupiter is long-suffering to the benighted,” returned the catechist.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI Robert Louis Stevenson

n.

1560s, from Church Latin catechista, from Greek katekhistes “one who catechizes,” from katekhizein “to teach orally” (see catechize). Related: Catechistic; catechistical.

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