Form Lifelong Disciples
Diocese of Dallas | September 8-9, 2023
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Richardson, TX
Catechumenate team training to gain confidence, engage seekers, and increase their joy for making disciples
About Form Lifelong Disciples
Elevate your parish’s catechumenate ministry through this transformative training institute. You’ll learn the principles of a vibrant catechumenal culture that foster evangelization and conversion. Together, we’ll explore the diverse paths of seekers, from the unbaptized to the baptized, tailoring your approach to touch each person’s heart with the Gospel. And we’ll dive into how the liturgical rites nurture faith and facilitate conversion.
This gathering will help you experience mystagogical catechesis that deepens our understanding of Christ’s mystery, and you’ll learn to guide illuminating discussions. Then you’ll discover the embedded curriculum of your parish, where Christian life becomes the cornerstone of training. You’ll enable your community to embrace evangelization as its core mission by unlocking strategies to engage your entire parish community in proclaiming Christ.
When you put into practice what you learn from this training institute, you’ll watch your catechumenate ministry flourish, and you’ll radiate newfound confidence and focus. Don’t miss this opportunity to revitalize your ministry to form lifelong disciples.
Know why participating in this institute matters.
See the 1.5-day schedule of interactive learning.
Meet your experienced guides who walk the talk.
Get location, lodging, and registration details.
“TeamRCIA has been such a huge help over the years. Know that your wonderful training efforts and excellent catechumeante sessions have been extraordinarily helpful to our parish catechumenate team.”
—Kathy Dancey, Saint Francis of Assisi, Columbus, Ohio
How Form Lifelong Disciples works
Learning to be a disciple takes practice. So does learning to accompany seekers on their journey of faith. At the Form Lifelong Disciples Institute, you will gain the skills you need by practicing interactive learning through engaging presentations, discussions, exercises, and prayer.
Your learning begins long before you arrive because you will receive pre-institute resources to help you prepare and make the best use of your time at the institute. The 1.5-day in person formation then builds on the wisdom you bring and on what you have already learned and experienced yourself. And you won’t be alone when the event is over. Through additional post-institute resources and ongoing support from TeamRCIA, you will have a community accompanying throughout your ministry.
|7:15 PM||Principles of a Catechumenal Culture|
|8:15 PM||Celebrating the Rites, our Principal Encounter with Christ|
|8:30 AM||Gather and Pray|
|9:00 AM||How to Facilitate Mystagogical Catechesis|
|10:30 AM||The Mystagogical Itinerary of the Initiation Process|
|12:30 PM||Evangelization: Proclaiming the Living God in Christ|
|2:00 PM||Your Parish Is the Curriculum|
|3:15 PM||Next steps and evaluation|
Meet the Team for Form Lifelong Disciples
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.
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 40 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.
“This is an awesome new direction that will open the door to a greater and deeper spirituality in our catechumenate process.”
—Marth Nolen, Holy Spirit, El Paso, Texas
All the details for Form Lifelong Disciples
St. Joseph Catholic Church
600 S. Jupiter Road
Richardson, TX 75081
Participants are responsible for their own lodging.
Registration is $25 per person.
Registration will close on September 6, end of business day.
Your local host
Associate Director, Office of Worship
We are really looking forward to welcoming you to Dallas. Please email us if you have any questions!