6 reasons you need to read the RCIA

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  1. Jim Hargadon

    The director of our Archdiocesan Office for Divine Worship sent me info about “teamrcia” and am I grateful! Having “read the book” I was fascinated by this article because I KNOW I MUST REREAD IT! Thanks for the nudge.
    Peace,
    Jim Hargadon
    Director of Faith Formation
    St. Catherine of Siena/St. Lucy Parish, Oak Park, IL

  2. Thank you for this article. I believe this with all my heart, as when I was putting in place an RCIA adapted for Children ministry at my church, the adult coordinator at the time was very helpful with information, but alwasy told me to read The Book. I also learned this from attending conferences on RCIA. Other resources are always helpful but the Manual is always the best source. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for this article, and the website! I’m a recent convert, and went through a very enlightening RCIA program two years ago, which was lead and supported by a small group of dedicated ministers. As I begin my participation in this important ministry, I plan to use the resources you’ve put together to help become as effective as possible. In this thread you’ve mentioned the The RCIA book, but did provide a link to the store. Is there a specific publisher that I should search for?

  4. Susan McCarthy, RDC

    I’m a former RCIA Director (14 years ago) and I still speak of my experience as the best conversion experience of my life. I just recommended READING the BOOK to someone who is beginning in our parish. I wish I had seen your article before I spoke! I’m going to refer the new Team to this site.

  5. Nick, this is my detour from your recent article on the 6 things doing wrong in the RCIA article.
    I’m totally with you on this principle of getting to the source first and not be content with intermediary sources! As director of our diocesan Pastoral Institute, I apply this principle to our faith formation courses in that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is the text and lecture for them, etc. Our ministry formation course on the RCIA is based on the RCIA text! The whole book (RCIA study edition) is to be covered and explained throughout the course with the help and guide of the instructor.

  6. Catherine Combier-Donovan

    NIck,

    My mind is frequently boggled as I talk to RCIA team members who’ve not read the Book! Thanks for the constant prod.

    Losing mine would be like losing an appendage; In my original classes with Max Johnson, I started adding notes and that has never stopped in 14 years! I’ve added a spiral binding from Kinko’s and lovely tabs from ACM, and it looks – and is – well-loved.

  7. This is one of those articles where I think, “Gosh, I hope he is worng, because I don’t want to have to go and do that.” But let’s face it, Nick is right. That said, I’m going to go back and read, cover to cover, the RCIA and I’m willing to bet that doing so will open up new possibilities for what is offered to our parish. Thanks!

  8. My husband and I went through RCIA this past year, and we did read the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, and utilized the study guide. We felt very positive about the structure of the RCIA program at our Parish, and frankly, have missed the weekly interaction with fellow RCIA candidates and our group leaders. It was awesome and well organized. We had different leaders each week which we felt was an effective means of introducing us not only to life-time Catholics but also to others who have converted to Catholicism. This was a means to expose us to a number of different experiences and teaching methods.

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