What to do when someone's baptism is uncertain
Conditional baptism is like being struck by lightning: What RCIA teams need to know
Every year, just before Lent, we tend to get a lot of questions about conditional baptism. I think of conditional baptisms like being struck by lightning or winning the lottery. These things happen, but not to me. Not to anyone I know. And not to anyone my friends and acquaintances know. Like lightning and the lottery, conditional baptisms are rare.

The reason they are rare is we are not trying to prove someone was not baptized. The church is not trying to discredit the minister of the tiny Protestant church in the country your seeker came from. The church is not disbelieving of the memories of your seeker’s family. The church understands that records get lost or destroyed. If someone was really baptized, the church believes that person was baptized.

Baptism matters
Diana was one of the speakers at last year’s RE Congress. One of her topics was on the role of women in ministry in the church. Some people came expecting to hear something about women’s ordination. At least one person came expecting to hear about vocations to religious life. Diana came to talk about our common vocation of baptism and how baptism initiates us into a royal priesthood.

All of us are called to mission and ministry by our baptism. Ordination and religious vocations are particular expressions of our common vocation. Too often, we tend to leave the work of mission to those few who serve as ordained priests or religious sisters and brothers. This places too great a burden on too few of us and can also be a failure to live up to our baptismal promises.

As members of the royal priesthood, all of the baptized are called to a life of sacrifice for the sake of those in the world who most need to experience the love of Jesus. We all have a ministerial role in the Body of Christ.

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Los Angeles Religious Education Congress: Mar 21-24, 2019

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Diocese of Raleigh (bilingual): June 28-29, 2019

Atlanta Catechists Conference (bilingual): August 16-17, 2019

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Our first exposure to a "different way" for our RCIA process at Blessed Sacrament Church in Tonawanda, NY (a suburb of Buffalo) came from a workshop in our area given by Nick and Diana - it was there the seeds were planted. It was because of our attendance at this workshop and the followups that were offered that we were able to take advantage of the many emails and training sessions offered on line; these opportunities allowed us to move along at our own pace of acceptance of the new way of thinking and of the adjustment from a "program" to a "process."


Marguerite Mullins
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Tonawanda (Buffalo) NY
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