What does RCIA stand for? How does it work? You can find out at the “Making Disciples” RCIA Institute April 13-14 at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Beaumont.
“I want people to become more familiar with the process through the book (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and through the diocesan guidelines,” Bryan Reising said. “We want them to understand the reason we have different stages of RCIA and the different rites of the RCIA. The days of just the priest and the convert working it out on their own are gone.”
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Institute is for RCIA coordinators, RCIA team members, priests, deacons, parish catechetical leaders, godparents and sponsors, liturgists and musicians, and other potential people for these roles. The program is designed to help them better serve adults who want to become members of the Catholic faith and Catholics who were baptized but have yet to complete their initiation into the Church.
“More hands make light work,” Reising said about the faithful guiding others into the Catholic faith. “They become invested and they use their gifts.”
There’ll be a session for priests and deacons April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For everyone else, the institute begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:45 p.m. April 13 and begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 3:45 p.m. April 14. A light dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch Saturday are included with the registration.
Specifically, the institute will help attendees in a number of ways including:
- Discover exactly how the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults forms missionary disciples.
- Learn how to apply the core RCIA principles across all parish ministries.
- Acquire the skills to build an evangelizing parish.
- Know how to recruit and build a thriving RCIA team.
- Learn how to grow a pool of passionate and engaged sponsors.
TeamRCIA.com co-directors and cofounders Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal are the featured presenters for the “Making Disciples” RCIA Institute.
Wagner has more than 25 years of experience as a leader and trainer in liturgical and catechetical ministries. He is the author of numerous articles and several books and on parish ministry. He was an active team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. He has worked in campus, parish and diocesan positions and holds a master’s degree from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.
Macalintal is an author and speaker on liturgy, music, prayer, RCIA, and intercultural ministry. She has worked in campus, parish, and diocesan ministries for almost 30 years and authored several books. She holds a master of arts degree in theology also from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.
The institute, which is sponsored by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, is underwritten by a grant from the Scanlan Foundation and through the Catholic faithful’s gifts to the Bishop’s Faith Appeal. Registration is free for participants who reside within and are connected to a parish in the Diocese of Beaumont. The price is $60 for out-of-diocese attendees and includes a light meal on April 13 and breakfast and lunch on April 14. Participants are responsible for their own lodging.
For more information, contact Reising at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 409-924-4323. To register for the institute, sign up online at http://teamrcia.com/institutes/making-disciples/making-disciples-diocese-of-beaumont/.