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.
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.
We have reached capacity for the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™ English-language event. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please call us at 800-933-1800 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need your name, phone number, and email address.
While some sessions will take place on Zoom, most of our workshops will be held on the Adobe Connect virtual learning platform. So you and your computer will be ready for the event, special technology tests will take place in early August. For more information, click here and review this document.
A detailed schedule and list of prerequisites 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.
|Optional Pre-Session: July 21, 2021|
|1:00 - 2:30 PM||The Vision of the RCIA|
|August 4, 2021 (Times listed are in Eastern Time)|
|12:00 - 12:30 PM||Tech Test|
|12:30 - 1:00||Gathering|
|1:00 - 1:10||Welcome and Opening Prayer|
|1:10 - 2:40||Session 1 |
Five Models of Implementation
Principles for the Catechumenate with Children
|2:40 - 2:50||Break|
|2:50 - 3:45||Session 2 |
Principles for the Catechumenate with Children (continued)
|3:45 - 4:00||Q&A and Closing Comments|
|6:30 - 7:00||Prayer and Reflection|
|7:00 - 8:00||Virtual Happy Hour|
|August 5, 2021 (Times listed are in Eastern Time)|
|12:00 - 12:45 PM||Optional Sessions|
Option A: Resources for Ministry
Option B: Q&A with Presenters and Colleagues
|12:45 - 1:00||Gathering|
|1:00 - 1:10||Prayer and Announcements|
|1:10 - 2:25||Session 3 |
The Practical Application of the Initiation Ministry Principles
|2:25 - 2:35||Break|
|2:35 - 3:50||Session 4 |
Structuring a Parish Approach or "Program"
|3:50 - 4:00||Q&A and Closing Comments|
Each year, a different team of presenters works 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.