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The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ invites parish leaders, initiation ministers, and regional or diocesan trainers to come together to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of initiation ministry. Through interactive sessions, meetings, and prayer opportunities, participants will understand more deeply that the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the vision of the parish as a community of disciples.

The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ will have two tracks. Parish Leaders and Initiation Ministers will deepen and enrich their work as they gain practical skills, discuss common challenges, and share best practices. Pre-conference distance-learning sessions will be available for new ministers and those interested in exploring the basics of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Regional or Diocesan Trainers will explore and discuss practical strategies for implementing effective training and formation in their local communities.

Registration

Registration for the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is now open.

Early Bird Registration, by February 14, 2018         $200

General Registration, by May 11, 2018         $250

July 4th Opening Reception and Fireworks on the Riverwalk         $30
Optional. Includes an open bar.

Register

Registration is also available by mail. Please download, print, and send in the form found in our save-the-date flyer to LTP at 3949 South Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60609.

A limited number of rooms are available at the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel at a discounted rate of $154.00 per night. This rate is available for those who book before May 28, 2018 for the evenings of July 3rd - July 6th. A limited number of rooms may be offered at this rate for additional nights, based on hotel availability. To reserve a room at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel, please call 312-464-1000 and mention NGCI (National Gathering on Christian Initiation) or LTP (Liturgy Training Publications) or visit www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/NGCI2018.

All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing (letter, fax, or e-mail) by Friday, June 1, 2018 for a full refund or by Monday, June 18, 2018 for a 75% refund. Cancellation requests after Monday, June 18, 2018 will not receive a refund.

The Theme for 2018 is To Emmaus and Back: Liturgy and Catechesis

The disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus recognized him in the breaking of bread, but they needed to be catechized first. With their hearts and eyes opened by Scripture and careful teaching, they could see the Risen Lord. Then they joyfully raced back to Jerusalem to share the good news. Those involved in initiation ministry walk that same Paschal journey with catechumens and candidates year after year. The theme for the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™, To Emmaus and Back: Liturgy and Catechesis, invites parish and diocesan leaders to reflect on this journey and on the essential bond between liturgy and catechesis, specifically in the process of Christian initiation. Those who attend the NGCI will be challenged and invigorated to consider the many ways in which “catechesis both precedes the liturgy and springs from it” (National Directory for Catechesis, 33).

 

Schedule

The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ will have two tracks. Parish Leaders and Initiation Ministers will deepen and enrich their work as they gain practical skills, discuss common challenges, and share best practices. Regional or Diocesan Trainers will explore and discuss practical strategies for implementing effective training and formation in their local communities. The two groups will separate twice a day for deeper conversation as they focus on the needs and challenges of parish ministry and diocesan training and formation.

NGCI 2018 Schedule

 

The 2018 NGCI Team

Each year, a different team of presenters will work together with an LTP representative to plan the major presentations and breakout sessions of the event. Team members have been invited, not only because of their understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and the Church’s mission of evangelization, but also because of their vast parish and diocesan experience. As a true collaboration, the individual gifts and ministerial experience of each team member will shape the NGCI experience.

 

Donna Eschenauer

Donna M. Eschenauer

Donna M. Eschenauer, PHD, served in pastoral ministry for more than twenty-two years in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, as a religious educator, liturgist, and director of the catechumenate. Currently she is associate dean and associate professor of pastoral theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in New York, where she teaches “RCIA: Theology and Practice,” among other courses. She is the author of The Role of the Coordinator in Christian Initiation: A Pastoral and Practical Guide (LTP, 2017) and has had several articles published in Pastoral Liturgy®, and Catechumenate: A Journal of Christian Initiation.

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Patricia Hughes

Patricia Hughes, DMIN, began her ministry in the Church as a parish organist. She earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education, a master of arts in pastoral theology from Loyola University (Chicago), and a master of divinity and a doctor of ministry from the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago). She has served as director of music ministry and liturgy in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, and has taught undergraduate and graduate students. Currently the director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Dallas, she previously directed the Worship Office for the Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan), and served as director of worship for the Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky). She serves on the boards of the Southwest Liturgical Conference (FDLC Region 10), Sacred Liturgy Ministries (Portland, OR), and Mayslake Ministries (Chicago). She is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Dr. Hughes writes “Worship Committee Agenda,” a regular column in Pastoral Liturgy®, published by Liturgy Training Publications.

Fr. David Loftus

Fr. David Loftus

Fr. David Loftus is pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Northridge, CA. He served for ten years at the Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education as coordinator for adult faith formation and for both basic and advanced catechist formation. A graduate of both All Hallows College, Dublin, and Boston College, Fr. Loftus has a passion for working with adults engaged in exploring their faith. He has presented at conferences and consulted with parish staffs and diocesan offices in the United States and abroad. His ministry continues to be informed and shaped by his experiences at national, diocesan, and parochial levels.

Michael Ruzicki

Michael Ruzicki

Michael Ruzicki is the training and events manager at Liturgy Training Publications and the director of music for Notre Dame de Chicago Parish. Before arriving at LTP five years ago, he served as a team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, a parish pastoral associate for liturgy, and coordinator of adult and sacramental formation and the director of the archdiocesan music ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. He is the author of Guide for Training Initiation Ministers: An Introduction to the RCIA (LTP, 2018).