Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
In general, one who teaches the essentials of Christian faith and morals. The term also has the technical meaning of one who gives instruction in Catholic doctrine, especially in mission lands or among people who are not baptized or who are dechristianized. As one of the supernatural charisms of knowledge, it is the special gift of being able to teach the faith with extraordinary effectiveness.