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Catechumenal Ministry (RCIA) Track

In cooperation with the Association for Catechumenal Ministry (ACM), this wide-ranging three-part track provides a superlative preparation for all those involved in assisting the conversion process of newcomers to the Catholic faith, focusing on the liturgical, catechetical, and pastoral elements essential to the evangelization and formation of those investigating and approaching our Church.  While presenting a systematic doctrinal foundation coming directly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this track also includes a deep exploration of Scripture’s role in the conversion process, the critical centrality of the liturgical rites, the nature of teaching for conversion, the indispensable work of an RCIA team, the role of sponsors and godparents, the power of a balanced clergy-laity collaboration, and the importance of each of the stages of the catechumenal process. Workshops on evangelism, canon law, and the catechumenate for children and adolescents are also offered.

We recommend to take these courses in the order they appear, although it is not required to do so.
Courses of StudyProgressLast viewed
Foundational RCIA Certification
The Vision for Christian Initiation
The Catechumenal Process: A Modern Restoration of an Ancient PracticeIn Progress
Three Approaches to the RCIA ProcessIn Progress
Entrance into Christ and Participation in God's LifeIn Progress
Liturgical Aspect of Christian Initiation
Essential Link Between Liturgy and CatechesisIn Progress
Liturgical Components of the Christian Initiation Process: Gateways and Sources of Grace for ConversionIn Progress
Catechetical Aspect of Christian Initiation
Catechesis: Echoing what God has Revealed
Catechetical Components of the Christian Initiation Process: Illuminating and Securing the Path of Faith
Scripture: The Heart of CatechesisIn Progress
Pastoral Aspect of Christian Initiation
The Challenge of Charity: Life in God’s FamilyComing Soon!
Pastoral Components of the Christian Initiation Process: From Initial Motivation to Firm Conviction to a Catholic WorldviewIn Progress
Advanced RCIA Certification, Part I
The Vision for Christian Initiation
Pedagogy of Revelation & the Response of FaithIn Progress
Liturgical Aspects of Christian Initiation
Liturgy: Communion with God and Prime Means for Insertion into ChristRelease Date: To Be Announced
Wielding the RCIA Rites Book EffectivelyRelease Date: To be Announced
Catechetical Aspect of Christian Initiation
The Ecclesial MethodIn Progress
Analyzing Doctrine with Doctrinal KeysIn Progress
Sacred Scripture: The Big PictureIn Progress
Pastoral Aspect of Christian Initiation
The Catechist: Witness to the TruthRelease Date: To Be Announced
Developing a Team: Creating an Environment for ConversionRelease Date: To Be Announced
Companions on the Journey: Sponsors and GodparentsRelease Date: To Be Announced
Advanced RCIA Certification, Part II
The Vision for Christian Initiation
The Essential Roles of the Bishop & Clergy in the RCIA ProcessRelease Date: To be Announced
Liturgical Aspect of Christian Initiation
The Discernment Process for Participant's Readiness for the RitesRelease Date: To be Announced
Catechetical Aspect of Christian Initiation
Catechesis in the Precatechumenate: Delivering the GospelRelease Date: To Be Announced
Catechesis in the Catechumenate: Faith, Hope & LoveRelease Date: To Be Announced
Catechesis in Purification and Enlightenment: Preparing to Receive the Life of GodRelease Date: To Be Announced
Catechesis in Mystagogy: Deepening in the Graces ReceivedRelease Date: To Be Announced
Pastoral Aspect of Christian Initiation
Pastoring from the Initial Inquiry to the Rite of AcceptanceRelease Date: To Be Announced
Pastoring from the Rite of Acceptance to the Rite of ElectionRelease Date: To Be Announced
Pastoring from the Rite of Election to the Point of Initiation through the Neophyte YearRelease Date: To Be Announced

Electives for this Track

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Doctrine

Liturgical Aspects

  • Incorporating the Minor Rites & Liturgical Prayer Experiences Coming Soon!
  • Going Deeper: RCIA Lenten Rites Coming Soon!
  • Going Deeper: Breaking Open the Word Coming Soon!
  • The Great Day: Holy Saturday Coming Soon!
  • Unfolding Aspects of Catholic Prayer & Piety in the RCIA Process Coming Soon!
  • Canon Law: Validity of Baptism Coming Soon!
  • Canon Law: Annulments & Dissolutions Coming Soon!
  • Canon Law: Denominational Consideration Coming Soon!
  • Canon Law: Communion & Special Situations Coming Soon!
  • Canon Law: Confirmation, Eastern Rites & the Orthodox Churches Coming Soon!
  • Initiation in Situations of Emergency Coming Soon!
  • Initiation Adaptations for Hispanic Communities in the United States Coming Soon!

Catechetical Aspect

  • Christ: Center of the Catechumenate Coming Soon!
  • Adult Faith & Moral Development Coming Soon!
  • Discipling Adults Coming Soon!
  • Apologetics Special Topics I Coming Soon!
  • Apologetics Special Topics II Coming Soon!
  • Apologetics Special Topics III Coming Soon!
  • How to Teach to Cultural Realities Coming Soon!
  • How to Use the Hierarchy of Truths Coming Soon!
  • Making RCIA Gatherings Work Better Coming Soon!
  • Discerning & Training of RCIA Catechists Coming Soon!
  • Developing Annual Calendars & Catechetical Topics Coming Soon!
  • Going Deeper with the Ecclesial Method Coming Soon!
  • Digital Catechesis: Using Tech Tools to Teach Eternal Truths Coming Soon!
  • Developing a Social Media Outreach Coming Soon!
  • Catechesis & Inculturation for Diverse Communities Coming Soon!
  • Catechesis for Persons with Physical or Developmental Disabilities Coming Soon!

Pastoral Aspect

  • Signs & Stages of Conversion Coming Soon!
  • Going Deeper: Team Formation Coming Soon!
  • Going Deeper: Sponsor Formation Coming Soon!
  • Developing an Evangelizing & Welcoming Parish Coming Soon!
  • The Catechumenate for Rural Parishes Coming Soon!
  • Handling Difficult Needs of Neophytes Coming Soon!
  • Annulments: Pastoral Suggestions for Those "In Waiting" Coming Soon!
  • Forming Souls Through Small Groups Coming Soon!
  • Formation Work with Men I Coming Soon!
  • Formation Work with Women I Coming Soon!
  • Catechesis & Counseling Coming Soon!
  • Catechesis & Deliverance/Healing Coming Soon!
  • Catechesis & LGBT Issues Coming Soon!
  • Catechesis & Child Protection Issues Coming Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Adult Ministry Coming Soon!

RCIC

  • Faith & Moral Development: Ages 3-6 Coming Soon!
  • Resources for a Children's Catechumenate Coming Soon!
  • Celebrating Liturgical Rites With Children Coming Soon!
  • Informing & Forming Parents Coming Soon!
  • Sponsors & Godparents for Children Coming Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Children's Ministry Coming Soon!
  • Barriers to Evangelization Occurring for Parents & by Parents Coming Soon!
  • Parental Fortitude & Sunday Spirituality Coming Soon!
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