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  • Nick WagnerNick Wagner

    Nick 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.

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  • Diana MacalintalDiana Macalintal

    Diana 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 keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and liturgy director for national conferences, and a cantor and liturgical composer; she was also a team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. She maintains a blog for the Diocese of San José called Work of the People.

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  • Rita FerroneRita Ferrone

    Rita Ferrone is an award-winning writer and speaker on issues of liturgy and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church. She is a former parish and diocesan RCIA director and served for more than 20 years as a team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Rita is author of the monograph On the Rite of Election (LTP), and co-author of the Foundations in Faith series for RCIA teams (RCL). Her commentary on the liturgical reforms of Vatican II, Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium (Paulist), is used in teaching worldwide. Rita is a blogger here and at Pray Tell, and a columnist at Commonweal Magazine. She also edits The Yale ISM Review, a publication of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She lives in Mount Vernon, New York.

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  • Rita Burns SensemanRita Burns Senseman

    Rita Burns Senseman is a catechist who specializes in the Christian initiation of children. She is a freelance writer who has written numerous articles and books on various aspects of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, including A Child’s Journey: The Christian Initiation of Children (St. Anthony Messenger Press). She is a team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and former associate director of the Office of Catechetics/Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Detroit. She has also held various parish religious education positions. She holds an MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame and is a wife and mother of three adolescent daughters.

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  • Miriam Malone, SNJMMiriam Malone, SNJM

    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 was 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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  • Mary BirminghamMary Birmingham

    Mary Birmingham (MA Liturgy and Theology, St. John’s University Collegeville, MN) is the director of liturgy, music and Christian initiation at Ascension Catholic Community in Melbourne, Florida. Mary has been involved in national RCIA ministry since 1992. Mary provides workshops in scriptural and doctrinal catechesis, liturgical and sacramental catechesis, and all components of the RCIA. Mary is a former team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and the author of Word and Worship Workbook (Years ABC), Year Round Catechumenate, Faith, Life and Creed: A Complete Catechesis for Christian Living, Formed in Faith: Sessions for Inquiry, Catechumenate, and Ongoing Faith Formation, Confirming Adult Catholics, Purified and Enlightened: RCIA Sessions for Lent.

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  • Gael Gensler, OSFGael Gensler, OSF

    Gael Gensler, OSF, a pastoral associate in the Archdiocese of Chicago, has been involved in adult initiation for more than 25 years. She served on the staff for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and was a Forum team member. She is co-author of the Foundations in Faith series and presents and writes on initiation topics.

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  • Donna Steffen, SCDonna Steffen, SC

    Donna Steffen, SC, received her training in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in 1988. She has an MA in Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/Graduate Theological Union. Donna is a certified Enneagram teacher through the Helen Palmer School. She has a background in parish ministry, does national and local RCIA workshops, authored A Handbook on Prayer (RCL), has trained spiritual directors, continues to lead retreats, and offers Spiritual Direction at her home in East Walnut Hills in Cincinnati.

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  • Kelly Lehmann

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  • Reggie Dirnberger

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  • Brittany Waldean

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  • Jason Lillis

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