About our contributors

  • Nick Wagner

    Nick Wagner is the codirector and cofounder of TeamRCIA.com, a free online resource for catechumenate ministry, and is a leading voice and trainer in Catholic liturgical and catechetical ministries. With more than 35 years of experience in ministry and in Catholic publishing, Nick uses his gift for translating theological principles into simple and clear language to inspire joy, commitment, and passion for faith in parish teams. Nick holds a master’s degree from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and is the author of many publications, including Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples; the award-winning book The Way of Faith: A Field Guide for the RCIA Process; and Field Hospital Catechesis: The Core Content for RCIA Formation

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  • Diana Macalintal

    Diana Macalintal is the codirector and cofounder of TeamRCIA.com, a free online resource for catechumenate ministry. She is an author and speaker on liturgy, music, prayer, RCIA, and intercultural ministry. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and has served in campus, parish, and diocesan ministries for almost 30 years. Her latest books include The Work of Your Hands, a collection of prayers; Joined by the Church, Sealed by a Blessing, a parish resource for marriage preparation which she wrote with her husband, Nick Wagner; Living Liturgy, a Sunday by Sunday liturgical year resource; and Your Parish Is the Curriculum: RCIA in the Midst of the Community, all published by Liturgical Press.

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  • John McGlynn

    John McGlynn is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and RCIA at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Long Beach, California. John became a catechist and lay minister where he grew up, Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Tujunga, CA, where he served as a junior high catechist, youth minister, and young adult minister, as well as singing with the contemporary choir and serving on the liturgy committee. After getting married and moving to Long Beach, he joined the RCIA team at Our Lady of Refuge in 1997, and was appointed director in 2007. John has regularly attended numerous catechetical and RCIA workshops over the last 35 years, including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, and with TeamRCIA. After 12 years of Catholic education, John earned a BS in Business Administration from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. John also owes a lot of thanks to his wife Pat, who is a Theology graduate from Loyola Marymount University and served as a parish Director of Formation for 20 years.

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  • Rita Ferrone

    Rita Ferrone is an award-winning writer and speaker on issues of liturgy and renewal in the Roman Catholic Church. She is a former parish and diocesan RCIA director and served for more than 20 years as a team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Rita is author of the monograph On the Rite of Election (LTP), and co-author of the Foundations in Faith series for RCIA teams (RCL). Her commentary on the liturgical reforms of Vatican II, Liturgy: Sacrosanctum Concilium (Paulist), is used in teaching worldwide. Rita is a blogger here and at Pray Tell, and a columnist at Commonweal Magazine. She also edits The Yale ISM Review, a publication of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She lives in Mount Vernon, New York.

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  • Rita Burns Senseman

    Rita Burns Senseman is a catechist who specializes in the Christian initiation of children. She is a freelance writer who has written numerous articles and books on various aspects of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, including A Child’s Journey: The Christian Initiation of Children (St. Anthony Messenger Press). She is a team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and former associate director of the Office of Catechetics/Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Detroit. She has also held various parish religious education positions. She holds an MA in theology from the University of Notre Dame and is a wife and mother of three adolescent daughters.

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  • Michael Marchal

    Michael Marchal is a retired teacher of high school English and college philosophy. He has worked with the RCIA in his parish since 1976 and has written three books on different aspects of the process. Later this spring his latest work, Reborn in the Spirit: Preparing At Home for Infant Baptism was coauthored with Jane Myers and will come out from GIA. Contact him at mhmarchal@aol.com.

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  • Miriam Malone, SNJM

    Miriam Malone, SNJM, holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and a certificate in pastoral counseling. She served as Director of Christian Initiation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles prior to spending two years as an itinerant mission sister in Alaska. Miriam is a sought-after consultant and speaker on Christian Initiation for parish and diocesan events. She is a specialist in Christian initiation and liturgical catechesis with experience in parish, diocesan, and university formation and education programs, and was a team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Miriam authored ENTER THE ROSE: Unfolding the Mysteries of Faith, a resource for Christian Initiation and retreats and writes for liturgical and catechetical publications.

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  • John Michael Reyes

    John Michael Reyes is the Director of Prayer & Worship and Spiritual Life Coordinator for Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton CA. He has experiences as a hospital chaplain, retreat director, and as a campus minister for Jesuit Universities particularly in the areas of Liturgy and Sacramental Formation. He is a frequent liturgy coordinator and cantor for national conferences, including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and is a native San Franciscan.

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  • Mary Birmingham

    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.

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  • Lulu Santana

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  • Donna Steffen, SC

    Donna Steffen, SC, received her training in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Renewal Center in 1988. She has an MA in Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley/Graduate Theological Union. Donna is a certified Enneagram teacher through the Helen Palmer School. She has a background in parish ministry, does national and local RCIA workshops, authored A Handbook on Prayer (RCL), has trained spiritual directors, continues to lead retreats, and offers Spiritual Direction at her home in East Walnut Hills in Cincinnati.

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  • Gael Gensler, OSF

    Gael Gensler, OSF, a pastoral associate in the Archdiocese of Chicago, has been involved in adult initiation for more than 25 years. She served on the staff for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and was a Forum team member. She is co-author of the Foundations in Faith series and presents and writes on initiation topics.

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  • Krista

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  • Jason Lillis

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