Our story

Doing the RCIA is a big responsibility, and no one likes to feel unsure and isolated. In 2007 we saw how business leaders were using the Internet to share and connect, not just with their customers but also with each other. We thought parish ministers and volunteers could certainly do the same. That’s why we started TeamRCIA.

Because once we’re connected with each other, we can do amazing things:

  • Convert hearts to Jesus Christ
  • Build thriving parishes
  • Break free of “the way we’ve always done it”
  • Go way beyond our own limits
  • Be inspired and inspiring

We began with a blog—a web journal—to create an online community of people who are passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through parish initiation ministry. Today TeamRCIA is a community of over 10,000 parish ministers and volunteers throughout North America and beyond. We provide accessible and effective RCIA resources that help parish teams initiate and form disciples for Christ’s mission.

Our mission is to help you be the minister your parish needs and that God has called you to be. We believe in you. You can do amazing things.

What we do

TeamRCIA.com is a FREE online resource for Catholic parishes and dioceses that want to form Christians for life.

  • We provide accessible and relevant resources through articles and conversations initiated by four national leaders in the United States church, who have been serving in RCIA ministry for more than two decades. We invite you to join the conversation by clicking on the comments link on any blog post.
  • We offer a variety of online and in-person training for church ministers and volunteers, through webinars, e-mail courses, downloads, discussion forums, and training events led by experts in the field of initiation ministry.
  • We make the best printed resources available to RCIA ministers and pastoral leaders and publish original material that helps ministers serve the mission of the church.

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Team members

RCIA image posted by TeamRCIANick Wagner is the director and founder of TeamRCIA.com. He has more than 25 years experience as a leader and trainer in liturgical and catechetical ministries. He has a gift for translating theological principles into simple and clear language that inspires joy, commitment and passion for faith. He is the author of numerous articles and several books and on parish ministry including Whole Community Liturgy and The Way of Faith: A Field Guide for the RCIA Process (Twenty-Third Publications). He was an active team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. He has worked in campus, parish and diocesan positions, and he holds a master’s degree from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

Diana MacalintalDiana Macalintal is the Director of Worship for the Diocese of San José and holds a Master of Arts in Theology with honors from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. She has served as a liturgist and music director in campus, parish, and diocesan ministries for over 20 years and has authored articles on liturgy and music in Modern Liturgy, Ministry & Liturgy, Pastoral Music, Eucharistic Ministries, Parish Life, AIM, and Today’s Parish Minister. In 2003, she received the Tabat Scholarship from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. She is a team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, a keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and liturgy director for national conferences, and a cantor and liturgical composer. She maintains a blog for the Diocese of San José called Work of the People.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) image posted by TeamRCIARita Ferrone is an author and speaker. Her many years of experience in parish and diocesan ministry have made her a sought-after workshop leader on issues of Christian initiation and liturgy throughout the United States. Rita has written several books, including the monograph On the Rite of Election, and she is co-author of the Foundations in Faith series for RCIA teams. Her most recent book, Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium, is part of the Paulist series Rediscovering Vatican II: The Liturgy. She is currently writing a new book on the Easter Vigil. Rita is an active team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and serves on the advisory board of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She is married, and lives in Mount Vernon, New York.

Rita_Burns_SensemanRita Burns Senseman
is a parish Director of Religious Education and a freelance writer who has written numerous articles and books on various aspects of Christian initiation, including Anointed in the Spirit (St. Mary’s Press, 2011) and A Child’s Journey: The Christian Initiation of Children. She is a current team member for TeamRCIA and a former associate director of the Office of Catechetics/Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Detroit. She holds an MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame and is a wife and mother of three daughters.

—Miriam Malone, SNJM, holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and a certificate in pastoral counseling. She served as Director of Christian Initiation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles prior to spending two years as an itinerant mission sister in Alaska. Miriam is a sought-after consultant and speaker on Christian Initiation for parish and diocesan events. She is a specialist in Christian initiation and liturgical catechesis with experience in parish, diocesan, and university formation and education programs, and is a team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Miriam authored ENTER THE ROSE: Unfolding the Mysteries of Faith, a resource for Christian Initiation and retreats and writes for liturgical and catechetical publications.
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