What is the Ecclesial Method?

The Word of Life series follows the ecclesial method which is a pedagogical method developed by Monsignor Francis D. Kelly. This method is particularly effective because it gradually reveals the truths of Divine Revelation and calls those being catechized to conversion and discipleship.


The ecclesial method recognizes that God’s grace proceeds, accompanies, and then sends one forth from the catechetical session. There are five distinct steps in the ecclesial method: Preparation, Proclamation, Explanation, Application, and Celebration. Click here to learn more about each step of the ecclesial method.


It is important to allocate your time so that you are able to cover all five steps of the ecclesial method. Click here to learn about each step.