Catechesis and the Rites in the RCIA

One Day Workshop

This event has been cancelled.

Location: St. Pius X Church, 3937 Wilson Ave. SW, Grandville, MI, 49418
Date: October 26, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

This workshop is presented in conjunction with a 2-day institute on October 24-25. Click here for more information.

Important Information:

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Deadline to Register: October 17, 2019

Individual Registration: $65 per person (for the Saturday workshop only). To register for this workshop plus the two-day institute for $150, visit this website.

Please bring your copy of the RCIA ritual text. Meals are included.

For questions or more information: Contact Tammy Graves, Director of Catechesis at the Diocese of Grand Rapids at 616-288-0912 or

Workshop Presenters:

Michael Ruzicki is the training and events manager at Liturgy Training Publications and served as the director of music for Notre Dame de Chicago Parish until June 2019. Before arriving at LTP, he served as a team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, a parish pastoral associate for liturgy, and as coordinator of adult and sacramental formation and director of the archdiocesan music ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Michael is the author of Guide for Training Initiation Ministers: An Introduction to the RCIA (LTP, 2018)

Christina N. Condyles is an editor at Liturgy Training Publications. She has taught undergraduate courses and adult faith formation classes on sacramental theology. Her studies and involvement in parish ministries focus on the ways in which liturgical participation shapes Christian life.

D. Todd Williamson is director of the Office for Divine Worship in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He speaks nationally on liturgy and the sacraments and is a coauthor of Guide for Celebrating Christian Initiation with Adults (LTP, 2016), Guide for Celebrating Christian Initiation with Children (LTP, 2016), and Great Is the Mystery: Encountering the Formational Power of the Liturgy (LTP, 2013). 

The wisdom of RCIA 75.1 is that the catechumenal journey is to be a gradual process. What is catechesis in the catechumenate supposed to look like? Why and how does it need to be “accommodated to the liturgical year?” Participants in this workshop 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).

Presentations include: The Four Aspects of Catechumenal Formation • Catechesis and the Liturgical Year: Revealing the Paschal Mystery • Preparing Catechesis In and For Your Community • Preparing RCIA Dismissal Sessions • Animating and Forming the RCIA Catechist • Catechesis and Baptized Candidates