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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™?

The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is an annual two-day conference for parish Christian initiation ministers and diocesan catechetical, liturgical, and evangelization leaders. This year, the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™ will be 100% virtual.
Steeped in the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ seeks to promote the vision of the Church as constantly evangelizing, catechizing, and initiating disciples. See About NGCI for more information.

Who is hosting the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™?

Liturgy Training Publications, an agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is hosting the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ to promote the full implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. LTP has long been a leader in promoting the baptismal catechumenate. Click here to learn more about LTP.

When are the 2021 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™?

The 2021 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™ will take place on August 4–5, 2021 for the English-language event, and August 6–7, 2021 for the Spanish-language event.

What is the theme for the 2021 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™?

The 2021 theme for the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™ is Implementing the RCIA Adapted for Children. To learn more about our theme for the 2021 gathering, please visit the 2021 event page.

Why should I attend the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ Summer Virtual Workshops™?

This event is designed to help participants come to a deeper understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, challenging all to reflect on ways their community might more fully implement the vision of the RCIA as expressed in this document. In community with initiation ministers from around the country, participants will experience expert training, engage in discussion, learn from interactive multimedia presentations, and prayerfully reflect on the liturgies of the RCIA. And, with this year's event being virtual, enjoy participating from your home, office, or parish.

What is the cost for registration?

Individual registration is $55 for those who register by April 5, 2021. Registration will increase to $65 for those who register between April 6 and July 25, 2021. 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 is $80 per person and will end on July 30, 2021. No registrations will be taken after 4:30PM CT on July 30, 2021.

When is the registration deadline?

The deadline for registration is July 30, 2021 or until capacity. The virtual classroom has a limit of 200 people–be sure to register early!

Where can I register?

Individual registration (credit card) is available here. Group registration or to bill your parish, please download and complete this form and call 800-933-1800. Registrations may be mailed, along with this form to:

Liturgy Training Publications
Attn: NGCI
3949 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

What is included in registration?

Registration includes access to the virtual classrooms and technical support during both days of the event. A free virtual pre-session, The Vision of the RCIA, is included with registration and will take place the week of July 19, 2021.

I would like to pay by check. Who should I make the check payable to?

Please make all checks payable to LTP. Checks may be mailed to:

Liturgy Training Publications
Attn: NGCI
3949 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

I would like to register but I am not yet sure whether I will be available for the evening reception. Can I register for the reception separately?

Yes. Please call us at 800-933-1800 if you would like to add the opening reception to your registration. You will also have the option to purchase a ticket to the opening reception at the event.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

All cancellations and requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing (letter, fax, e-mail) by the deadlines listed below. Telephone requests WILL NOT be honored. Send letters to: Liturgy Training Publications, Attention NGCI, 3949 South Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60609; ngci@ltp.org. All refunds will be sent four to six weeks after the event has concluded. Refund requests will be processed based on the following Cancellation Schedule:

  • Letters postmarked July 15, 2021 or prior to arrival will receive a 100% refund.
  • Letters postmarked after July 15, 2021 will not receive a refund.

I registered, but I can no longer attend the event. Can my colleague come in my place?

Attendee changes or substitutions may be made to any attendee registration until the first date of the event for a $5.00 administrative service charge.

Do you offer any discounted registration rates or scholarship options?

LTP has already supplemented the price of the conference in order to make it more affordable for individual participants. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any additional discounts or scholarship options. If you would like to participate but find that cost is an obstacle, we encourage you to reach out to your diocesan office to find out what sorts of local scholarship options may be available.

Can I transfer my current in-person registration to the virtual conference?

No. We will need to cancel and credit you for the in-person event and then re-bill for the virtual event. It will only take a few minutes to do this. Please call 800-933-1800 for assistance.

How will I be able to login to the virtual classroom?

This PDF contains important information regarding the technology. You will also receive multiple emails approaching the event with detailed instructions on how to access the Adobe Connect classroom.

I'm unfamiliar with technology and/or technology intimidates me. How will you be able to assist?

We will have technology tests both on the evening before and the morning before the event begins, as well as live conference support staff to assist you with logging in and accessing the classroom.

I don't know how to use Adobe Connect. Can you just use Zoom?

To provide a immersive and engaging experience over the two-day event, we will be facilitating this event on the Adobe Connect platform. This allows for an interactive experience conducive to this type of learning. We will have several technology tests, as well as a fully staffed conference support help desk to assist you if needed. To learn more about how we will use Adobe Connect, watching this short introductory video.

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