Look for RCIA catechists who are good at these three things

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  1. One of your best reflections. The GDC’s insight about the catechist facilitating encounter and communion with the mystery of God distillates the catechist’s role, and I agree that being/becoming a is a charism–a gift that one can open to and cultivate by allowing/inviting (a la Nicholas of Cusa) Christ to gaze upon/into us!

    Thank you!

  2. Daniel Centurioni

    Tomorrow night four of our team members, who are converts, will be sharing their stories and interacting with the candidates and catechumens. We do this twice a year. One session with converts presenting and another session with cradle Catholics presenting.
    Among our 9 team members, 8 of them are couples who have one of each.

  3. Damian FitzRoy

    Without doubt, it takes more than good teaching skills to be an effective Catechist. I have found that the effective Catechist is not the one with the most knowledge in any given subject; but the one who is able to communicate from the heart and not just the head, the one who is successful in having the listener participate in, share in, their experience. This type of Catechist usually communicates a personal love (of God) which is often infectious to those listening.

  4. This is great! As weekly bible study leaders for the past 7 years, my wife and I were recently asked to take over the parish’s RCIA process since the leader was moving away. You’ve spoken to my own instincts to make this a personal journey for each participant. While we intend to follow the Rites, our goal will be as you say, to lead them to the beauty and mystery of the Catholic faith in all it’s glorious depth and breadth. So glad my recently deceased mom’s friend, Wendy, led us to your web site. Mom was a long time member of her parish’s RCIA team and I guess she’s passed the torch on to us. Keep up the good work and may God bless your ministry.

  5. Worlking with those who are choosing to become Catholic is the one part of my “job” at the parish I most enjoy. From our Team members, many of whom approached me discerning a call to join the team, to those who have completed the Becoming Catholic process. We are blessed that, except for those who have moved away, most all of our “graduates” are still involved either coming to Mass and.or other areas of ministry. Moving to the year round process is the best thing we did for those seeking to become Catholic because we can work with them on an open timeline, wthouth rushing to get through by Easter Vigil.

  6. Attentive listening to the Holy Spirit has prompted me to personally ask someone who I’ve known in our parish for years to be on team. This is all our initial endeavor in RCIA. The ministry has fluctuated over the years. I believe that prayer and willingness to encounter and share our faith experiences has helped our team. We have a priest on our team, 3 years ordained who has been learning to be with us on the journey and I see the change in him as well as our Neophytes and us to. It’s been a mutual faith sharing experience and I feel so blessed.

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