In-Person Training Opportunities

LTP will work with your parish, diocese, or region to provide training and formation events that are rooted in the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. All training opportunities can be presented in English and/or Spanish. For more information, visit Host an Event.


Whether you are interested in a basic overview or a detailed explanation of specific topics, work with us to sponsor a one-day-RCIA workshop. Workshops can be presented in English and/or Spanish and typically run from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM. If needed, abbreviated workshops end at 3:00 PM.

Duration: One Day

  • The Principles of Initiation Ministry
  • An Overview of the RCIA: The Steps and Periods
  • RCIA and Baptized Candidates
  • The Vision of the RCIA Adapted for Children
  • Implementing and Sustaining the Year-Round Catechumenate
  • Diocesan Workshops for Deacons
  • Diocesan Workshops for Priests
  • Other intermediate and advanced topics available upon request


The two-day institutes are intensive training events with five presentations each day. These institutes are foundational in nature and are designed for those who have limited experience or training in the RCIA. Experienced ministers are always welcome to join, share their knowledge and experience, and serve as mentors to others in ministry.

Duration: Two Days

  • The Principles of Initiation Ministry: Community, conversion, liturgy, catechesis, adaptability, missionary discipleship
  • An Overview of the RCIA: The Ritual text, the Steps and Periods, the National Statutes for the Catechumenate
  • Collaborate with LTP to create customized institute topics


The RCIA is a spiritual journey for both the catechumens and the parish community. It is an extended time of prayer and formation during which the unbaptized candidates are apprenticed in faith to the baptized faithful.

Conducted in a retreat-like manner, this training event will offer participants an experiential understanding of the RCIA as they walk through its periods and rites. Together they will participate in catechesis, ritual celebration, and apostolic witness adapted from the vision of the RCIA.

Duration: Three Days

Formation Days

Invite LTP and our team of presenters into your diocese for an annual convocation focusing on Christian initiation. The RCIA presents a vision of parish that welcomes, accepts, forms, and challenges disciples to deepen their faith. This is not only achieved through catechesis and the liturgy, but also with the whole community engaging in apostolic works of ministry.

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This Ministry Enrichment Gathering® will work with active initiation ministers and other parish leaders to explore the importance of the parish community in the initial and continuing formation of Christians, inspire all of its members by the spirit of baptismal catechumenate (RCIA, 75), and celebrate its liturgical rites with joy.

Envisioned to take place on a Saturday (9:00 AM–3:00 PM), a parish or diocese can host this gathering and invite others to deepen their appreciation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

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The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is an annual two day conference for parish Christian initiation ministers and diocesan catechetical, liturgical, and evangelization leaders. Throughout the conference, participants explore the theoretical and practical aspects of initiation ministry, learn from interactive multimedia presentations, engage in prayerful reflection on the liturgies of the RCIA, and share their knowledge and experience with initiation ministers from around the country.

  • Fellowship with initiation ministers from around the country.
  • Interactive multimedia presentations and expert training.
  • Opportunities for prayer and reflection on the liturgies of the RCIA.

The 2019 Gathering
July 2-3, 2019
Chicago, IL
The Year Round Catechumenate

The theme for 2019 is The Year-Round Catechumenate. Come to the NGCI to hear from parish ministers who have established a year-round catechumenate, discover the benefits of the process, and learn to thrive amid the messiness that brings grace to our lives. The NGCI team will help you imagine, envision, understand, implement, and sustain a year-round catechumenate in your parish.

Register Today!

Early Bird Registration by March 6, 2019: $200
Includes lunch on July 2nd and 3rd.

General Registration by May 11, 2019: $250
Includes lunch on July 2nd and 3rd.

Opening Reception on July 1, 2019: $30
Optional. Includes an open bar.

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