TeamRCIA Catechist School — Diocese of Portland, Maine

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Date: June 23-24, 2017

Register by June 9, 2017 to get the early bird discount!


Individual Group (3+)
Early bird to June 9th $80.00 $75.00
After June 9th $90.00
Registration Closes June 20th
Diocese of Portland Chancery
510 Ocean Ave.
Portland, ME 04103

Video Conference Available at:

St. John’s Church
Conference Room
207 York St.
Bangor, ME 04401

Holy Rosary Parish Center
34 Vaughn St.
Caribou, ME 04736

Schedule and session outline

Day one:
8:30 Opening Prayer
8:45 Opening comments and introduction
8:55 Overview of Six Principles of the RCIA
9:45 Creating a Conversion Centered Liturgical Experience
10:25 Break
10:40 What makes an effective catechist?
11:20 Evangelizing as Jesus Did
12:00 Review of resources
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Creating Questions for Evangelizing
1:20 Group Process–Sharing The Questions
1:40 Period of Evangelization
2:10 Break
2:35 Art of Storytelling
3:20 Workshop—Using the Principles
4:20 Sharing a Bible Story
5:00 Check-in and questions
5:30 Closing Prayer

Day two:
8:30 Rite of Anointing of Catechumens
9:15 Mystagogical Reflection
9:45 How to Do Mystagogical Catechesis
10:00 Break
10:15 Announcements
10:20 Overview of the Period of the Catechumenate
11:00 Catechumenate as an Apprenticeship Process
11:20 Breaking Open the Word
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Analysis of Breaking Open the Word
1:25 Doctrinal Session Flowing from Liturgical Year
2:25 Analysis of Extended Catechetical Session
2:35 Break
2:50 Check-in and Questions
3:00 Multiple Intelligence Exercise
3:15 Reflection on the Multiple Intelligences Exercise

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.