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An Introduction to the RCIA

Michael Ruzicki

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A new translation of the Order of Christian of Adults has been approved for use in the dioceses of the United States. This product continues to be useful to those involved in Initiation ministry as the vision of Christian initiation has not changed but references to the official text will be updated in subsequent editions. We want you to be aware of this before you purchase this title.

This practical guide provides parish leaders with the tools needed for facilitating and training all those involved with the adult Christian initiation process. Designed as a companion to An Introduction to the RCIA: The Vision of Christian Initiation by Ronald J. Lewinski, the enclosed training sessions explore the vision, theology, and purpose of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in a lively, interactive, and faith-filled way. Supplemental resources are available for download online, and the enclosed DVD includes thirteen videos that will deepen and enlighten participants’ understanding about the RCIA process.

This training resource will help parish leaders:

  • Facilitate sessions and lead retreats on Christian initiation
  • Explore the periods (stages) and rites (steps) of the RCIA
  • Catechize and form initiation ministers in the vision of the RCIA
  • Encourage deeper reflection on the sacraments of initiation, especially Baptism
  • Engage conversation about the Christian faith
  • Involve the baptized members of the community in the process of initiation
  • Impart the catechumenal process as the model for all parish faith formation

Inside you will find:

  • Ten detailed, informative, and prayerful training session
  • Easy-to-use leader’s and participants’ outlines
  • Scripts and directions for leader’s facilitation
  • Discussion sparkers
  • Opening and closing prayers
  • Thirteen videos with interviews and footage of best practice
  • Links to supplemental materials

"Following the sessions outlined in this text, passionate volunteers are moved from mere interest to informed and enaged leaders. In doing so, the baptized and unbaptized alike are drawn deeper into the wisdom of the Church and the rich traditions of initiation."

—Rachel Doll O'Mahoney, Campus Minister for Faith Formation, Seattle University, Washington

"Michael Ruzicki has created a wonderfully flexible, comprehensive tool for bringing the vision of the RCIA to all who take up the call of catechesis and discipleship. What we do as the Body of Christ is what we share and what we share is what we do. This resource captures this important dynamic."

—Joann C. Reier, Lay ecclesial minister

“No longer does an RCIA director need to spend hours preparing for the training of team members. This guide has it all and more! The video presentations, from experts around the country, make it easy for even a novice director to facilitate a session. Covering all the periods and stages of the RCIA process, directors can be certain that their team will have the formation and confidence to journey with those seeking initiation.”

—Tish Scargill, Director of Catechetical Ministries, Diocesan Co-Director for Catholic Relief Services, Monterey, CA

“By walking the participants through the complete catechumenal process, this resource provides an understanding of how the rites and formation are transformative. The process of the sessions incorporate rituals, dialogue, videos, discussion, and reflection that are helpful for experienced and beginning

—Clare Colella, Founding member of the North American, Forum on the Catechumenate