13 New Year’s resolutions for RCIA leaders and teams
Like most people, I am terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions. But several years ago, I found a way to become better. Now, I make 90-day resolutions. At the end of 90 days, I check in with myself to see how I’m doing. Then I either recommit to my resolutions, or I trade them in for new resolutions.

Also, I keep my resolutions to a manageable number — usually three and no more than five.

Choose your RCIA resolutions from this list or create your own. Mark on your calendar your 90-day check-in points, and come back to comment here about how you are doing.

Two keys to RCIA conversion that challenge our existing norms
In 2016, 670,481 infants were baptized in Catholic parishes. In that same year, we baptized only 105,005 adults (including children of catechetical age; see That’s a ratio of more than 6-to-1 in favor of infant baptism.

And yet, shortly after the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was issued in the 1970s, liturgical theologian Aidan Kavanagh said that adult initiation was and is the normative way of baptizing for the church.

Kavanagh did not mean that we should end or restrict infant baptisms. He was saying that the full meaning of what baptism is and what it is for is most clearly understood in the celebration of the adult rites.

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What you’re saying about TeamRCIA

Dear Diana and Nick,

We had a RCIA team meeting last night and it feels GREAT to have people willing to walk with our candidates and catechumens who actually have an understanding of this model!  Thank you SO much for all your support, your work is already having a tremendous impact on our community.

Emily Burt
St. Mary Immaculate Parish

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A Vision for Conversion
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Leisa Anslinger

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Resources for your team
Mystagogy of the Eucharist: A Resource for Faith Formation
Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM

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The Work of Your Hands: Prayers for Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace
Diana Macalintal

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