The “General Directory for Catechesis” insists that all catechesis in the Church is to be inspired by the baptismal catechumenate (GDC, #59). Many of us scratch our heads and say, “That’s nice, but what does it practically mean for my ministry?” In this session, we will explore what the GDC means when it points us to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). We will consider the many facets of catechesis and formation envisioned by the RCIA and the challenge to more fully incorporate the intention of the Church’s directive in our various ministries. Those involved in ministry can use this as a yardstick to discern how their processes measure up.
Mary Birmingham is Director of Liturgy, Music and Christian Initiation at Ascension Parish in Melbourne, Fla. She has been involved in RCIA ministry on a national level since 1992 and is a former team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. Birmingham travels extensively throughout the United States and Canada providing diocesan workshops in the areas of Christian initiation and sacramental and liturgical catechesis.
REC18-7-05 How the Baptismal Catechumenate Inspires All Catechesis
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