from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is being taught the principles of Christianity.
- n. One who is being instructed in a subject at an elementary level.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A convert to Christianity under instruction before baptism; a young Christian preparing for confirmation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is receiving rudimentary instruction in the doctrines of Christianity; a neophyte; in the primitive church, one officially recognized as a Christian, and admitted to instruction preliminary to admission to full membership in the church.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is under instruction in the first rudiments of Christianity; a neophyte.
- n. Figuratively, one who is beginning to acquire a knowledge of any doctrines or principles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist
Any kind of water may serve as the matter of the sacrament, and the water is used to baptize the catechumen "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
In many Christian faith communities, this occurs after a person has gone through the catechumen or baptismal classes to learn the basic of their beliefs.
And the Song of Songs puts me in mind of an embarrassing incident that occurred a few years back when I was still a catechumen.
Upon discovering that I was a catechumen, they asked me why I was converting, * so I began by saying, "A few years ago, I went looking for the Church."
This was my second year attending, but last year I was a catechumen.
A catechumen of the Archdiocese of Hanoi, Bui Thanh Hieu, who writes under the pen name Nguoi Buon Gio, which means “Wind Trader” has been arrested and detained for criticising the Vietnamese government's distortion of the Pope's speech to the Vietnamese Bishops at their Ad Limina visit.
VietCatholic news: Pope's speech distorted, catechumen, dissident bloggers arrested
Speaking as a Catholic catechumen, I would like to confirm that the Catholic Church does indeed not see its highest priority as placing children though as EV said, it is a high priority.
Papist, but such was the ignorance which Roland displayed upon some material points of the reformed doctrine, that Master Henderson, while praising his docility to the Lady Lochleven and her grandson, seldom failed to add, that his venerable brother, Henry Warden, must be now decayed in strength and in mind, since he found a catechumen of his flock so ill-grounded in the principles of his belief.
At the age of 10 he became a catechumen and at 15 he joined the army, serving under the emperors Constantius and Julian.