In October, The Archdiocesan Forum for the RCIA held an “Open Forum” meeting. The meeting was open to anyone who is on staff or volunteers as part of an RCIA team at a parish. After a welcome by Andy Lichtenwalner, Director of the Office of Formation and Discipleship, and introductions by Forum Chairperson, Terry Zobel (St. Thomas Aquinas), Lorraine Miller (St. Philip Benizi) led a question and answer session. To see the list of questions and answers click here! Watch for announcements about the next “Open Forum” in February and plan to join us to learn and build a network of people who can support you in the RCIA.
by Carl McColman, St. Thomas More, Decatur
This year my wife Fran and I begin our third year as RCIA directors at our parish. It still feels “new” to us and we continue to be humbled by how enormous a responsibility this is. We find we must continually rely on God’s grace and guidance, which, in balance, seems to be a good thing!
What do you do when you have a person who is unbaptized, over the age of 7, able to make decisions for himself /herself but has special needs? The RCIA model is wholistic-addresses the whole person-and allows for numerous adaptations while focusing on formation and conversion within community. Here is a great article about a young man with autism and how the parish adapted the RCIA to meet his needs.