Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Intensive Workshop

When:  September 22-23 and September 30, 2023

Presented by: D. Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Chicago

WHERE: In Person: USML campus or online through Microsoft TEAMS

WHEN:    Part I:  Friday September 22 beginning at 6:30 to 9 PM &
Saturday, September 23 beginning at 9 AM until 8 PM, includes lunch and dinner

Part II:  Saturday, September 30  beginning at 9 AM until 4 PM., includes lunch

COST: The total cost is $225 for all 3 workshop days.


(NOTE: Online participants will receive the link for the workshop at least 48 hours beforehand.)

Workshop Overview: The 2-part, RCIA Intensive Workshop are for RCIA Coordinators and their teams and for Directors or Coordinators of Adult Faith Formation. 

Lay Ministers who are Pastoral Associates or are interested in learning more about the rite also are invited to attend.

The focus of the Part I, September weekend will be Part I of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, nos. 36-251 in the Rite. This section addresses the particular Periods and Steps for those who are Catechumens beginning with the Period of Evangelization and Pre-catechumenate and concluding with the Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy. For each of the periods of the initiation process, we will look at what the Church envisions for each period, the Liturgical Rites of each period, what should be happening in each period, and who is involved.

 Part II will focus on Part II of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, nos. 252-594. This section deals with Rites for Particular Circumstances such as:

 Special rites with children who have reached catechetical age

 Christian initiation of Adults in exceptional circumstances

 Preparation of Uncatechized Adults for Confirmation and Eucharist

 The combined rites with the unbaptized, baptized Christians, and baptized, uncatechized Catholics.

PLEASE Bring your copy of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult: Study Edition book, or purchase one, as it will be used during the course. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Michelle Shaffer at mshaffer@usml.edu or 847-970-4926.