Come, Follow Me Catechetical Conference at Aquinas

December 03, 2019

The Center for Evangelization and Catechesis at Aquinas College announces the Come, Follow Me Conference to be held on the Dominican Campus in Nashville, March 20-21, 2020 at St. Cecilia Academy. Come, Follow Me is a catechetical method that helps children contemplate and pray lessons from scripture and sacraments. Developed by members of the Notre Dame de Vie Institute in France, the Come, Follow Me program will be presented by Sr. Hyacinthe Defos du Rau, O.P. of the Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph of Lymington, England.

“We are thrilled to have Sister Hyacinthe back in the United States for the Come, Follow Me Catechetical Formation Conference,” said Sister Mary Johanna Mellody, OP, organizer of the Aquinas event. “The conference in March will be presented in Spanish and English. We hope many catechists from our Hispanic communities will attend.” Sister Mary Johanna is a formator of Hispanic catechists in the Diocese of Nashville.

 “The Come, Follow Me program was first introduced to catechists in the United States by Sr. Hyacinthe at the St. John Bosco Conference in 2015,” said Jason Gale, Director of the Center for Evangelization and Catechesis. Since that time there has been growing American interest in the program. “The Center for Evangelization and Catechesis at Aquinas College is proud to host this catechetical formation conference,” Gale said. The Center supports the work of catechists and leaders by providing workshops, retreats, and directed study of the Catholic Faith.

The conference will be held on Friday, March 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Cecilia Academy on the Dominican Campus in Nashville. Limited overnight accommodations are available at Aquinas College Siena Hall, also on the Dominican Campus.

The Come, Follow Me Conference will prepare catechists for using the methodology with children ages 7-11 but with principles that can be applied to children and youth of all ages. Come, Follow Me has received the imprimatur for catechetical use. The program has also received the stamp of approval of the French Episcopal Commission for Catechesis and the Catechumenate.

Registration is open on the Aquinas College website. For more information contact Jason Gale at 615-297-7545 or visit