Baltimore Catechism

Engraving of the child Jesus for the Classical Liberal Arts Academy's Baltimore Catechism resources.

The Baltimore Catechism was published in the late 19th century, after the Catholic bishops in America met at the Plenary Council of Baltimore to provide instruction and direction for Catholics living in the developing United States.  The Catechism provides families and schools with an invaluable resource for teaching the Catholic faith systematically.  The entirety of the Catechism may be studied here in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy’s Classical Catholic Library.

Baltimore Catechism, Book I

Book I is intended for children preparing for First Communion.  It consists of approximately half of the questions that will be studied in Level II.  The book includes all prayers recommended for First Communicants, 30+ Catechism lessons, and traditional Catholic hymns.  Read online…

Baltimore Catechism, Book II

Book II is intended for students preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation.  It consists of approximately one-third of the questions that will be studied in Level III.  The book includes all prayers recommended for students preparing for Confirmation, 30+ Catechism lessons, and traditional Catholic hymns.  Read online…

Baltimore Catechism, Book III

Book III contains the master catechism–over 1400 questions–intended for students who have received the sacrament of Confirmation.  The book includes all prayers to be learned, 30+ Catechism lessons, and traditional Catholic hymns.  Read online…

Baltimore Catechism, Book IV

Book IV is an exposition of the Catechism, written by Fr. Thomas Kinkead and published at the time the Catechism was first published.  It was intended to help Catholic Sunday School teachers explain and teach the Catechism to their students.  The book includes excellent commentary on every question in the Catechism–as they were understood by the authors of the Catechism–an incredibly valuable resource.

Study the Catechism in the CLAA

In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we provide complete courses teaching and assessing student mastery of the Baltimore Catechism.  Our courses provide resources to help with memorization, challenging examinations, records of student mastery and more.  Enroll any time using the CLAA Online Catalog.

For video resources on the Baltimore Catechism, visit the CLAA’s Baltimore Catechism channel on YouTube.