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Whether you're a parish leader, initiation minister, or work in a diocesan office, you are invited to the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™ to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of initiation ministry. Through the interactive Adobe Connect platform, participants will break open the vision of the RCIA as it is adapted for use with children of catechetical age, as well as have opportunities to gather for prayer, a virtual happy hour, and optional free pre-sessions.

The NGCI Summer Virtual Workshops™ will be offered in both English and Spanish. Through pre-sessions, prayer, sessions, and breakouts, participants will gain practical skills, discuss common challenges, and share best practices with each other during this two-day virtual event.

What's New This Year

This year, we're 100% virtual! The English-language event will take place August 4th and August 5th, while the Spanish-language event will take place August 6th and August 7th.



Registration for National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™ is now open. If you have any questions, please contact us at 800-933-1800 or by emailing

General Registration, between Tuesday, April 6 and Sunday, July 25            $65 per person

During the standard registration period, group registrations (3 or more registered at the same time) will receive a $5 discount on each registration.

Late Registration, between Monday, July 26 and Friday, July 30            $80 per person



Registration is also available by e-mail or mail. Please download, print, and send in this form to:
Liturgy Training Publications
3949 South Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing (letter, fax, or e-mail) by July 15, 2021 for a full refund. Cancellation requests after July 16, 2021 will not receive a refund.


The Theme for 2021 is Implementing the RCIA Adapted for Children

Goals of the Gathering

  • Participants will deepen their understanding of the Church's vision of the baptismal catechumenate as outlined in Part II.1 of the RCIA ritual text (RCIA adapted for children of catechetical age).
  • Participants will examine the roles of the parish community, the family, companions, and sponsors in order to discern best practices for forming and engaging each group throughout the initiation process.
  • Participants will explore various models of implementing an RCIA process adapted for children and will develop an initial implementation plan.
  • Participants will learn models for effective catechesis and formation of children in the initiation process.


A detailed schedule for the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™ can be found by clicking here.

For the English-language event, the main sessions will take place from 1:00PM - 4:00PM ET on August 4th and 5th. For the Spanish-language event, the main sessions will take place from 7:00PM - 10:00PM ET on August 6th and from 11:00AM - 2:00PM ET on August 7th.


The 2021 NGCI Team

This year, we will have Rita Burns Senseman and Sandy DeMasi, SSJ lead the English workshops. Lia Salinas and Juan Carlos Moreno will lead the Spanish workshops. Details about the team of presenters will be released by the end of March 2021.