Seven ways AA sponsors can inspire RCIA sponsors

5 thoughts on “Seven ways AA sponsors can inspire RCIA sponsors”

  1. Debbie Stollery

    AA Sponsors also know that sponsoring improves their disciplined life. It keeps them walking the talk because they are now providing another with support. The same is true of initiation sponsors, who often indicate that the journey has en-Spirited them as much as it has their catechumen/elect.

  2. This article is very timely because I really want to have a “cache” of people that I can ask to sponsor our catechumens. This year has made the need evident. We are down to the wire and the sponsors chosen by the parents of our children are not showing up for rehearsals, etc.

    One question that I have is about matching the sponsors and the catechumens. At the forum, I thought we were told to let the Holy Spirit do the work and not to worry about how we put the two together. I think that is how it happens at AA meetings. Someone just steps up when a new person comes to a meeting. Sometimes it is a sober friend who has encouraged the alcoholic to attend the meeting and then stands by as the sponsor. At other times, several people will come forward in support and from that group one will offer to be the sponsor. Being an AA sponsor is much harder than being a CI sponsor and for those who take their role seriously, you are correct in calling it a vocation.

  3. Paula Kaempffer

    Our sponsors attend everything that our inquirers do all year long. Usually, because of this, sponsors have one of the most profound conversion experiences of anyone in the group!

  4. I have always RCIA sponsors to attend all catechetical sessions, rehearsals, rites, etc. with their candidate or catechumen. Not an option!
    They also attend an all day retreat with them before Lent begins – Discernment Retreat.
    It’s very important and most sponsors say they get more out of the process than the person they sponsored!

  5. I have had two sponsors and today I sponsor five in AA/NA. My sponsors are my guides, they are trust worthy. We must be comfortable with one and other for things to work. It is a gift from our higher power that allows the steps to work. True growth in a spiritual life I believe comes when we give of ourselves and allow God to work through us while working with others.

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