JULY 11, 2016
My Catholic Faith – A Catechism by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow
My Catholic Faith was published in 1936.
It was prepared by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow SDB (1892-1987) who was the Bishop of Krishnagar in West Bengal, India from 1939 to 1969. He was the founder of the religious order, the Catechist Sisters of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians, “La Buena Prensa” (The Good Press) to promote wholesome literature, and the Catholic Truth Society of Manila to publish Catholic literature. He published a series of catechetical books, and also nine text books officially recognized for use in schools in the Philippines. Our Catholic Faith is an exuberant expression of his catechetical charism.
He was also a peritus at the Second Vatican Council where he was a “pioneer advocate of the vernacular in the liturgy and was also influential in modifying the law of abstinence and of the Eucharistic fast”.
During the Partition of India, 65% of his diocese went into East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Due to his timely action Krishnagar remained within the Indian Union.
His mortal remains were returned to India and interred in Krishnagar as per his wishes.
His episcopal motto was Ad Jesum per Mariam (To Jesus through Mary).
I have a few old Catechisms in my library but my 1961 Silver Jubilee edition of My Catholic Faith is by far the most readable in its presentation and the most orthodox in content.
The 1949 edition has an Introduction http://www.catholicbook.com/AgredaCD/MyCatholicFaith/Introduction.htm by Bishop Fulton Sheen:
Anyone deeply interested in converts seeks an exposition of the Catholic Faith which not only defines each article of the Creed and each doctrine of the Church, but which also gives an explanation and a reason for the doctrine. Such an ideal is beautifully satisfied in a Catechism written by one of our zealous missionary Bishops, Most Reverend Louis L. R. Morrow, S.T.D., Bishop of Krishnagar.
This is not the kind of Catechism that can be carried in one’s pocket, for it contains 415 pages. But once it is read, it can be carried both in the head and in the heart. The presentation is such as to satisfy the mentality of both children and adults, and is even not beyond an excellent review for those who have studied both Dogmatic and Moral Theology
+ Fulton J. Sheen, National Director, Society for the Propagation of the Faith, March, 1954
In 1936, a 44-year old Salesian priest serving secretary to the Apostolic Nuncio in the Philippines by the name of Fr. Louis LaRavoire Morrow published the first edition of what has become one of the most famous catechisms used among traditional Catholics today, namely “My Catholic Faith – A Catechism in Pictures.” It was published in the Philippines by the Catholic Truth Society which he himself had founded there in 1926. Successive revised editions would be published there in 1937, 1941, and 1945, though Fr. Morrow was made a bishop in 1939 and then assigned to lead the diocese of Krishnagar, India. Other editions are known to exist, such as a Chinese edition published in 1948.
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