TeamRCIA Catechist School — Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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Date: August 24-25, 2018

We welcome out-of-area RCIA Teams and parish liturgists/musicians working with RCIA.

Register by August 3 to take advantage of the early bird rate!

Rate Early bird After July 24
Individual $80 $90

Registration closes on August 17

There are many choices in the Redondo Beach and Torrance area. Below are two options. Both are within walking distance to restaurants for dinner:

Walking distance to church:
Best Western PLUS
(310) 540-3700
1850 South Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

10 minute drive to church:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Torrance – South Bay
(310) 540-0500
21333 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503

St. Lawrence Martyr Church
1900 S. Prospect Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-0329 – Parish Center
All questions regarding the Institute should be directed to Wendy Alvarado at (310)738-3619

Schedule and session outline

Day one:
8:30 Opening Prayer
8:40 Opening comments and introduction: Outline the Principles of the Catechist School
8:50 Overview of Six Principles of the RCIA
9:30 How the Baptismal Catechumenate inspires all Catechetical Ministry
10:15 Break
10:30: Discernment of Pastoral Practice
10:45 Creating a Conversion Centered Liturgical Experience
10:55 what makes an effective catechist?
11:40 Evangelize as Jesus Did
12:10 Review of Resources
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Creating Questions for Evangelizing
1:20 Critical Reflection: Group Process–Sharing The Questions
1:50 Period of Evangelization
2:35 BREAK
2:50 Art of Storytelling
3:35 Workshop—Using the Principles
4:10 Sharing a Bible Story
5:00 Q and A
5:15 Announcements and Closing Prayer
5:30 End

Day two:
8:30 Celebration of the Rite of Anointing of Catechumens
9:15 Mystagogical Reflection on the Rite of Anointing
9:45 How to Do Mystagogical Catechesis
10:00 Announcements
10:05 BREAK
10:20 Apprenticeship in the Catechumenate
10:50 Overview of the Period of the Catechumenate
11:10 Breaking Open the Word and Analysis of the Process
12:00 Q and A
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Presenting a Doctrinal Session Flowing from Liturgical Year and analysis of the process
2:05 Break
2:20 Multiple Intelligence exercise and Critical Reflection on Multiple Intelligences
3:10 Practical Applications and Remaining Burning Questions
3:40 Summary of Learning
4:00 Evaluations
4:10 Closing prayer and farewell
4:15 End

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.

Nick WagnerMary 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 codirector and cofounder of, 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

Complete Registration Form

Please complete the form below, then print a copy to submit with your payment. An email will be sent to you with your responses after you complete this form.


Mail form and payment

Mail registration form AND parish check or cashiers check
made out to “REGIONAL MINISTRIES” to:

St. Lawrence Martyr Church
Attention: Valerie Menker
1940 South Prospect Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Questions: Call Wendy Alvarado at (310)738-3619 or email: