...catechumenal formation is not a dress rehearsal for discipleship, but is discipleship itself. Catechumenal formation is ministry – the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who need to hear it most.
The catechumenate facilitates newcomer participation in the central practices of discipleship alongside oldcomers.
Yet, that is not all. Where the catechumenate thrives is when leaders tend to the relationships between newcomers and oldcomers – where leaders tend to the ministry that occurs between newcomers and oldcomers.
Duckworth, Jessicah Krey, "Being the Body of Christ" (2018). Institute of Liturgical Studies Occasional Papers. 133.