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A Pastoral and Practical Guide

Donna M. Eschenauer

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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults should be an integral part of every parish. An important part of this process is establishing a good catechecumenal team under the leadership of the pastor and his designated RCIA coordinator. Ideally the coordinator is someone what has been a part of the process and has had training in the theological and practical aspects. Yet every so often, a new person is asked to assume the role of coordinator without sufficient knowledge or with little or no exposure to the initiation process. The role of coordinator could be daunting for these coordinator neophytes.

This resource will renew veteran coordinators of Christian initiation in their role and introduce novices to the many aspects of their work. It provides the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, outlines the roles of the coordinator in animating the parish and forming the team, and presents catechesis as framed within liturgical prayer. Throughout The Role of the Coordinator in Christian Initiation, practical tips are offered to help the process flow smoothly in the parish. Pastoral concerns surrounding marriage and other issues are also addressed. In addition, a table is provided for a visual representation of the stages and periods throughout the rite.

"When you’re asked to coordinate the RCIA for your parish, you simply must begin by reading the Rite from cover to cover—the black and the red ink.  There is no substitute.  There is simply This resource helps Christian initiation coordinators understand the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and how to implement the process in the parish. The author leads readers through the text of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, contextualizing each section. She outlines the roles of the coordinator in animating the parish and forming the team, and presents catechesis as framed within liturgical prayer. The Role of the Coordinator in Christian Initiation offers many practical tips to help the process flow smoothly in the parish.no getting around it.  However, reading the Rite can be a daunting task.  Donna Eschenauer makes it easier by serving as a tour guide.  In Part One of this small but mighty book she breaks down the Rite into bite-sized portions, leading you through every section of the document, setting each section in context as she goes.  In Part Two she tackles all the sticky pastoral issues that the coordinator will face. This book is a must-have for the new coordinator overwhelmed with the responsibility of this ministry and a sure guide for the more experienced practitioner."

—Terry Zobel,
Adult Faith Formation and Evangelization Coordinator,
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Atlanta

 

"This is a wonderful guide to the Rites of Christians Initiation for Adults. New coordinators, students, seminarians studying the process have found a practical, pastoral and yet thorough handbook.

In just a few pages Eschenauer enlightens the often-daunting Rites of Initiation. Her practical yet in-depth study accompanies and challenges both novice and veteran coordinators to fully implement our Rites.

A wonderful resource for students and veteran coordinators alike. Eschenauer animates the Rites of Initiation. She moves us from words on a page to the lived experience of parishes."

—Mary Dumm,
Pastoral Associate,
St. Blase Parish, Sterling Heights, Michigan

 

"In simple, easy to understand language, Donna Eschenauer presents the deep, rich beauty and meaning of each phase and celebration within the process of Christian Initiation, while also providing practical methods for their implementation within the parish setting.  This is bound to become an essential resource for everyone – new, old, lay, clergy – who participates in the ministry of Christian Initiation!"

—Jim Peters,
Director of Religious Education and Faith Formation,
St. Michael the Archangel Church, Aurora, Colorado

 

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