United States Catholic Catechism for Adults

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"The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults is an adaptation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and it is presented to Catholics of the United States who are members of both Latin and Eastern Churches...This text follows the Catechism's arrangement of content: "The Creed"; "The Sacraments"; "Moral Life"; and "Prayer". It emphasizes the Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Sacraments, moral principles, and the heritage of the Doctors and saints of the Church. It is an organic and systematic expression of the Apostolic Tradition, expressed in an inspired way in Sacred Scripture and authoritatively interpreted by the Magisterium of the Church. This text also reflects the sacramental language, practice, and discipline of the Eastern Churches to the degree necessary to provide basic information to Latin Catholics about the Eastern Churches" (from the Introduction).

The presence of the Catholic Church in the United States reaches back to the founding days of our country through the leadership of Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States. His story, like the stories at the start of each chapter in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, give us a glimpse into the lives of Catholics who lived out their faith throughout our country's history. Each chapter in the Catechism for Adults includes stories, doctrine, reflection, quotations, discussion questions, and prayer to lead the reader to a deepening faith. The Catechism for Adults is an excellent resource for preparation of catechumens in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and for ongoing catechesis of adults.

Each chapter is structured in the following way:

1. Story or Lesson of Faith
2. Teaching: Its Foundation and Application
3. Sidebars
4. Relationship of Catholic Teaching to the Culture
5. Questions for Discussion
6. Doctrinal Statements
7. Meditation and Prayer


See also:
Study Guide for the U.S. Adult Catholic Catechism

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  • 5 Mar 2nd 2018
    Love the book

    Makes the Catechism of the Catholic Church much more accessible. I'm reading it cover to cover.

    Nolcha Fox

  • 5 Jan 11th 2017
    United States Catolic Catechism for Adults.

    Great Book

    Ted Pierce

  • 5 Aug 26th 2015
    Growing, Learning and Loving my CATHOLIC FAITH!!!

    I started adoration with the Catholic Church when our new Priest brought it to our church. I learned of this book shortly after. I have read ¾ of the book while at my weekly hour of adoration. I get through a chapter and week/hour and take my time highlighting as I go. I have learned so much about my Catholic faith by reading this book and am growing each day more and more growing, learning and loving my Catholic Faith. I would recommend this book to all Catholics to read.


  • 5 Jun 22nd 2009
    Discover the richnes of our faith!

    I use the US Catholic Catechism for Adults in a Women's Prison. The ladies had all been thought an <a class="autolink" href="">RCIA</a> class with a simple text. Now we have graduated to using this book and I hear comments like "This is what I have been hungry for." I get about 50% of the Catholic inmates in my classes. I like the way everything is well organized and presented as a comprehensive whole. I am trying to get my parish to use it for their RCIA. Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative


  • 5 Nov 18th 2008

    The information in this book is a must have for everyone that teaches in the Church. As an avid Catholic Christian, I would recommend this book to everyone of the faith. Simply put this is a book that every Catholic should own. Best Uses: A MUST HAVE FOR CATECHIST, Education; Describe Yourself: Avid Reader; Pros: CATECHISM MADE EASY

    Johnie Jones

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