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™ offers two tracks. Parish and Diocesan Leaders and Initiation Catechists, offered in English and Spanish, will gain practical skills, discuss common challenges, and share best practices to enrich their work. An optional pre-gathering forum will be available on July 1, 2020 and will explore "Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Insights for RCIA Adapted for Children." This forum is free for participants but has a limited number of seats-register today!
• Tracks in English and Spanish!
Registration for National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is now. If you have any questions, please contact us at 800-933-1800. For more information, click here to download an informational borchure.
Early Bird Registration, by February 26, 2020 $200
General Registration, by May 8, 2020 $250
Group Rate: Parishes or Dioceses that register 4+ people $25 discount each registration
Includes lunch for July 2nd & 3rd.
July 1st Opening Reception $35
Optional. Includes an open bar. Limited registration.
All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing (letter, fax, or e-mail) by Monday, June 1, 2020 for a full refund or by Wednesday, June 15, 2020 for a 75% refund. Cancellation requests after Wednesday, June 15, 2020 will not receive a refund.
For more information on hotels, visit https://www.ngci.org/travel#hotel.
A limited number of rooms are available at the Hampton Inn Chicago North – Loyola Station at a discounted rate of $149.00 per night. This rate is available for those who book before June 3, 2020 for the evenings of July 1st - July 3rd. To reserve a room at the Hampton Inn Loyola Station, please call 800-426-7866 and mention NGCI 20 or visit http://group.hamptoninn.com/NGCI2020.
Children of varying ages and wide range of faith development come to us seeking Christian initiation. How do we minister to these children and their families? What is the best way to offer each child appropriate catechesis and formation in Christian life? How do we receive children who have been baptized in other Christian traditions into the full comminion of the Catholic Church? Join us at the 2020 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ to find the answers to these and many other questions and to discover parish-tested practices for dealing with diverse pastoral situations.
|July 1, 2020|
|3 PM - 5 PM||Optional Pre-Gathering |
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Insights for RCIA Adapted for Children
|7 PM - 9 PM||Opening Reception|
Optional. Tickets are $35. Includes open bar.
|July 2, 2020|
|8:00 AM - 8:50 AM||Registration|
|9:00 - 9:30||Welcome, Morning Prayer, Introductions|
|9:30 - 10:15||General Session |
What are we now?
Evaluating the US Landscapes and Assesing the Needs of Your Community
|10:15 - 10:30||Break|
|10:30 - 11:30||General Session |
Christian Initiation of Children:
A Vision for Catechetical Ministry
|11:30 AM - 12:15 PM||General Session |
Forming Parents as Primary Carechists
|12:15 - 1:15||Lunch Included in registration|
|1:15 - 2:30||Breakout|
Parish and Diocesan Leaders
Models of Implementation
The Role of the Catechist (part 1)
Providing Suitable Catechesis
|2:30 - 3:00||Coffee Break|
|3:00 - 4:15||Breakout Session|
Parish and Diocesan Leaders
Structuring a Parish Approach or "Program"
The Role of the Catechist (part 2)
Incorporating the Christian Way of Life, Suitable Liturgical Rites, and Apostolic Witness
|4:15 - 4:30||Break|
|4:30 - 5:15||General Session |
Your Role in the Liturgical Rites of the RCIA
|5:30- 6:00||Ritual Celebration|
|6:00 PM||End of Day |
Dinner and evening on your own
|July 3, 2020|
|8:00 AM - 8:50 AM||Optional Morning Session|
Q+A panel with NGCI Team
|9:00 - 9:30||Morning Prayer and Announcements|
|9:30 - 10:30||General Session |
Involving Companions and Sponsors in the Initiation Process
|10:30 - 11:00||Coffee Break|
|11:00 - 12:30||Training Exercise |
Planning for Whole Family Catechesis
|12:30 - 1:30||Lunch Included in registration|
|1:30 - 3:00||General Session |
Initiation of Children in Multicultural Communities
|3:00 - 3:30||Closing and Prayer|
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.