The catechists were gathered in a training seminar that discussed various topics of the Eucharist, the role of the catechist as a teacher, confession, and the future of the diocese.
They came from Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro, Pukapuka and all returned to their respective church ministries on Monday.
In the Cook Islands, catechists are couples who assist the priest in ministering the word of God in a given parish.
Bishop Paul Donoghue said the catechist training is held every five years and this year catechists were brought in from the outer islands and Rarotonga.
Bishop Donoghue said that basically if there is no priest, the catechists will carry out the duties in the ministry as an un-ordained minister.
Meanwhile, the seminar ended with a closing mass at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral on Sunday that saw families and friends, church members gathered to support the catechists and their work for the year.