The Neocatechumenal Way is a way of Christian initiation that develops a pastoral work of evangelization for adults. A post baptismal catechumenate. This evangelization is bringing to a living faith many of our brothers and sisters who today live a Christianity of habit, and is giving to many people submerged in a secularized world the possibility of meeting Our Lord Jesus Christ through Christian communities which live their faith at an adult level.
The Neocatechumenal Way is a group of people who wish to rediscover and to live Christian life to the full; to live the essential consequences of their Baptism, by means of a Neocatechumenate divided into different stages, like that of the early Church, but adapted to their condition as baptized persons.
The Neocatechumenal Way began in Madrid, Spain in 1964 among the slum dwellers of the shanty town “Palomeras Altas”. Kiko Arguello and Carmen Hernandez had gone there, called by the Lord to live their Christianity among the poor, really sharing the lives of those who, in their misery, bear the consequences of the sins of our society. They were then asked, by the very people with whom they were living, to proclaim to them the good news of our Savior Jesus Christ. Through the poor of the shanty town the basis of the Neocatechumenate was born where: one discovers their baptism by walking away based on a tripod: word, liturgy, and community.
Pope Francis (Evangelli Gaudium – “There is a need for a pastoral and missionary conversion, which cannot leave things as they presently are”. “I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the “Church’s journey in years to come. It is a heartfelt appeal to all baptized persons to bring Christ’s love to others, “permanently in a state of mission” conquering “the great danger in today’s world”. That of an individualist “desolation and anguish”.)