Are you worried that your RCIA seekers aren’t ready?
Ruth turned over for maybe the twentieth time, fluffed her pillow, rearranged her blanket, and tried some deep breathing exercises. She had already tried thinking of multiplication tables and counting sheep. But she just couldn’t fall asleep. Tomorrow, she had to turn in to the diocesan office the names of those catechumens who would become elect. And she didn’t know what to do about Alfred.

More than once over the last year, she thought Alfred had dropped out of the catechumenate because she hadn’t seen him in so long. He didn’t answer phone calls or texts. And just when she was ready to give up on him, he’d show up at Mass or a catechetical session with that never-a-care smile of his, as though he’d never been away. Ruth had tried everything she could think of to get Alfred to take his preparation process more seriously. She even scheduled a one-on-one for Alfred with their pastor — which Alfred didn’t show up for.

Ruth worried about leaving Alfred behind while all the other catechumens moved on to become elect. She just wasn’t sure he was ready. But, she thought to herself, who was she to judge?

The key to understanding God’s will in RCIA discernment
Sometimes we think of “God’s will” as an inscrutable puzzle that only wizened old monks who have meditated in caves or on mountain tops for decades can discern.

But that simply isn’t so. God wants us to know God’s will. St. Paul tells us, “He has made known to us the mystery of his will” (Eph. 1:9).

So when it comes to discernment in the RCIA process, we cannot just throw up our hands as though it is impossible to know the whims of a fleeting Holy Spirit. God is giving us clear, unmistakable signs. Our job is to understand them and act upon them.

What you’re saying about TeamRCIA

Dear Nick and Diana,

I wanted to share our little success story with you. Since I took over the catechumenate and we re-introduced dismissal and began emphasizing the year round, ongoing nature of the process, our adult RCIA has just boomed! I had 6 folks for a Rite of Acceptance/Welcome in September and 6 more just a couple weeks ago. 4 of those will be baptized at Easter Vigil and the others will come into full communion as we go… some before Lent, some during Easter, some whenever.

But my joy is the community’s response and growth. I wholeheartedly believe that the RCIA, implemented well, fundamentally inspires conversion in the entire community. While maturation of the catechumens and candidates is rather expected, the spiritual growth and enrichment for the sponsors who had never heard of the rite, the catechists who are blessed to interact with these amazing spiritual travelers, and even myself, allowed the grace of re-living through others my own journey is immense!

So that’s our little update. Blessings to you in the new year!

Paz y bien,

Angela Flynn
Durham, NC
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Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples

Nick Wagner

Why is this book important?
We all know that a one-size-fits-all approach to catechumenate formation doesn’t work. But until now, many of us were stumped trying to find a viable alternative. Seek the Living God: Five RCIA Inquiry Questions for Making Disciples is the answer to your prayers. After just a few meetings with your seekers, you will be able to easily create a customized faith formation plan that is tailored to the unique needs of each person. And the best part is that the seekers do most of the work in developing their own plan. Your role shifts from being the Catholic “expert” to being a mentor and coach.

What is in this book?
Nick Wagner walks you through a scientifically-proven process based on adult learning principles to develop an individualized faith-formation plan for every one of your RCIA seekers. The process is based on a series of five key questions that we ask of every inquirer. And once you understand how the five-question process works, you can easily train others to use it. New team members don’t have to worry about “knowing enough” to be on the team. They just have to be able to ask five questions.

What’s the big deal?
This book is a game-changer. Now you can start your RCIA seekers on a path to lifelong discipleship by listening deeply to their true needs. You can be confident that you are leading your seekers through a fruitful, conversion-centered inquiry process that will set them on a clear path to living and praying as committed Catholics. You will be amazed at the powerful conversion that will happen with your inquirers — and with you.

Price: $16.95
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