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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 ConversionComing Soon!
Catechetical Aspect of Christian Initiation
Catechesis: Echoing what God has RevealedComing Soon!
Catechetical Components of the Christian Initiation Process: Illuminating and Securing the Path of FaithComing Soon!
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 WorldviewComing Soon!
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 ChristComing Soon!
Wielding the RCIA Rites Book EffectivelyComing Soon!
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 TruthComing Soon!
Creating an Environment for Conversion: Developing a TeamComing Soon!
Companions on the Journey: Sponsors and GodparentsComing Soon!
Advanced RCIA Certification, Part II
The Vision for Christian Initiation
The Essential Roles of the Bishop & Clergy in the RCIA ProcessComing Soon!
Liturgical Aspect of Christian Initiation
The Discernment Process for Participant's Readiness for the RitesComing Soon!
Catechetical Aspect of Christian Initiation
Catechesis in the Precatechumenate: Delivering the GospelComing Soon!
Catechesis in the Catechumenate: Faith, Hope & LoveComing Soon!
Catechesis in Purification and Enlightenment: Preparing to Receive the Life of GodComing Soon!
Catechesis in Mystagogy: Deepening in the Graces ReceivedComing Soon!
Pastoral Aspect of Christian Initiation
Pastoring from the Initial Inquiry to the Rite of AcceptanceComing Soon!
Pastoring from the Rite of Acceptance to the Rite of ElectionComing Soon!
Pastoring from the Rite of Election to the Point of Initiation through the Neophyte YearComing Soon!

Electives for this Track

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Liturgical Aspects

  • Incorporating the Minor Rites & Liturgical Prayer ExperiencesComing Soon!
  • Going Deeper: RCIA Lenten RitesComing Soon!
  • Going Deeper: Breaking Open the WordComing Soon!
  • The Great Day: Holy SaturdayComing Soon!
  • Unfolding Aspects of Catholic Prayer & Piety in the RCIA ProcessComing Soon!
  • Canon Law: Validity of BaptismComing Soon!
  • Canon Law: Annulments & DissolutionsComing Soon!
  • Canon Law: Denominational ConsiderationComing Soon!
  • Canon Law: Communion & Special SituationsComing Soon!
  • Canon Law: Confirmation, Eastern Rites & the Orthodox ChurchesComing Soon!
  • Initiation in Situations of EmergencyComing Soon!
  • Initiation Adaptations for Hispanic Communities in the United StatesComing Soon!

Catechetical Aspect

  • Christ: Center of the CatechumenateComing Soon!
  • Adult Faith & Moral DevelopmentComing Soon!
  • Discipling AdultsComing Soon!
  • Apologetics Special Topics IComing Soon!
  • Apologetics Special Topics IIComing Soon!
  • Apologetics Special Topics IIIComing Soon!
  • How to Teach to Cultural RealitiesComing Soon!
  • How to Use the Hierarchy of TruthsComing Soon!
  • Making RCIA Gatherings Work BetterComing Soon!
  • Discerning & Training of RCIA CatechistsComing Soon!
  • Developing Annual Calendars & Catechetical TopicsComing Soon!
  • Going Deeper with the Ecclesial Method Coming Soon!
  • Digital Catechesis: Using Tech Tools to Teach Eternal TruthsComing Soon!
  • Developing a Social Media OutreachComing Soon!
  • Catechesis & Inculturation for Diverse CommunitiesComing Soon!
  • Catechesis for Persons with Physical or Developmental DisabilitiesComing Soon!
  • Catechetical MentorshipComing Soon!

Pastoral Aspect

  • Signs & Stages of ConversionComing Soon!
  • Going Deeper: Team FormationComing Soon!
  • Going Deeper: Sponsor FormationComing Soon!
  • Developing an Evangelizing & Welcoming ParishComing Soon!
  • The Catechumenate for Rural ParishesComing Soon!
  • Handling Difficult Needs of NeophytesComing Soon!
  • Annulments: Pastoral Suggestions for Those "In Waiting"Coming Soon!
  • Forming Souls Through Small GroupsComing Soon!
  • Formation Work with Men IComing Soon!
  • Formation Work with Women IComing Soon!
  • Catechesis & CounselingComing Soon!
  • Catechesis & Deliverance/HealingComing Soon!
  • Catechesis & LGBT IssuesComing Soon!
  • Catechesis & Child Protection IssuesComing Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Adult MinistryComing Soon!


  • Child Faith & Moral DevelopmentComing Soon!
  • Resources for a Children's CatechumenateComing Soon!
  • Celebrating Liturgical Rites With ChildrenComing Soon!
  • Informing & Forming ParentsComing Soon!
  • Sponsors & Godparents for ChildrenComing Soon!
  • Pastoral Issues in Children's MinistryComing Soon!
  • Child Saints, Part I: The Church's Young Treasure Coming Soon!
  • Barriers to Evangelization Occurring for Parents & by ParentsComing Soon!
  • Parental Fortitude & Sunday SpiritualityComing Soon!
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