TeamRCIA Catechist School — Diocese of Erie

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Date: July 29-30, 2016

Diocese of Erie Attendees All Others: Early Bird Rate All Others: Regular Rate
$155 $205 $345

Registration includes the following meals:
Lunch and dinner on Friday, Lunch on Saturday
Snacks and a social on Friday evening, snacks Saturday morning and afternoon

Participants are responsible for their own lodging

Holiday Inn Express
325 Perkins Road
Clarion, PA 16214
(814) 223-4010

State that you are with the Diocese of Erie group to get the $105-plus-tax room rate!

Immaculate Conception Church
720 Liberty Street
Clarion, PA 16214

Schedule and session outline

8:30 a Opening prayer
8:40 a Opening comments and introduction school
8:50 a Overview of six principles of initiatory formation (RCIA)
10:00 a Break
10:15 a How the baptismal catechumenate inspires all catechetical ministry
11:00 a Critical reflection
11:15 a Creating a conversion-centered liturgical experience
12:00 p Lunch
12:40 p What makes an effective catechist?
1:20 p Evangelizing as Jesus did
2:00 p Creating questions for evangelizing
2:30 p Critical reflection
2:15 p Art of story telling
3:00 p Break
3: 15 p Critical reflection
3:40 p Workshop—using the principles
4:15 p Sharing a Bible story
5:00 p Period of evangelization
6:00 p Closing prayer

8:30 a Announcements
8:40 a Spiritual preparation for the rite of anointing
8:45 a Celebration of Rite of Anointing of the Catechumens
9:25 a Mystagogical reflection on the Rite of Anointing
10:15 a Overview of the Period of the Catechumenate
10:35 a Break
10:50 a Breaking open the word
11:35 a Analysis of breaking open the word
12:00 p Lunch
1:00 p Presenting a doctrinal session flowing from liturgical year
2:00 p Analysis of doctrinal session
2:20 p Break
2:35 p Multiple intelligence exercise
2:50 p Critical reflection
3:05 p Critical reflection: group
3:15 p Summary exercise
3:30 p Practical applications and remaining burning questions
4:05 p Naming the obstacles
4:15 p Summary of learning
4:30 p Closing prayer and farewell

You are going to be in good hands. The TeamRCIA Catechist School has been designed by and will be led by two national experts in catechetical ministry: Mary Birmingham and Nick Wagner. They each have over two decades of experience training parish catechists.

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.

Nick Wagner is the director and founder of 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.