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Everything you need to be an effective RCIA catechist.

June 23 & 24, 2017

Chancery in Portland with videoconferencing to Bangor & Caribou

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This two-day workshop will teach you everything you need to know to be an effective RCIA catechist.  This is unlike any other RCIA training you have had. You will walk away with a new confidence and a renewed passion for handing on the faith.  At the end of the two days, you will know:

  • The number one goal of every RCIA catechist
  • The six principles that shape the entire faith journey
  • How to make sure the inquirers are committed to learning
  • The power of good storytelling to communicate word and dogma
  • Adult learning models that work
  • How to navigate the three levels of catechesis we encounter in any RCIA group
  • The four areas of faith formation every RCIA process must cover

Registration Information

Registration deadline is June 20. No refunds will be given after the 20th.

Early bird registration before June 9 - $80 per person; $75 per person for groups of three or more.

After June 9: - $90 per person.

Lunches, refreshments, and resources are included in the registration fee.

Make checks payable to OLFF, Memo Line: TEAM RCIA
Send to: Office of Lifelong Faith Formation
510 Ocean Avenue, Portland, ME 04103-4936


Recommended hotels

La Quinta Inn, Portland  - http://www.laquintaportland.comĀ   207-871-0611

Clarion Hotel, Portland   -   1-800-291-9434

Comfort Inn, South Portland  207-775-0409

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Dates & Times

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 24, 2107 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Chancery offices, 510 Ocean Avenue in Portland

Holy Rosary Church, 32 Vaughn Street in Caribou

St. John Church, 217 York Street in Bangor


Nick Wagner

Mary Birmingham

Nick Wagner is director and founder of  He has more than 25 years of experience as a leader and trainer in liturgical and catechetical ministries. He has a gift for translating theological principles into simple, clear language that inspires joy, commitment, and passion for faith.  He is the author of numerous articles and several books on parish ministry, including Whole Community Liturgy and The Way of Faith: A Field Guide for the RCIA.  He was an active team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. He has worked in campus, parish, and diocesan positions.  He holds a master’s degree from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.

Mary Birmingham  is director of liturgy, music & Christian initiation at Ascension Catholic Community, Melbourne, FL.  She has been involved in national RCIA ministry since 1992.  She provides workshops in scriptural, doctrinal, liturgical and sacramental catechesis, and all components of RCIA.  Mary is a former team member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and author of Word and Worship Workbook, Year Round Catechumenate, Faith, Life and Creed: A Complete Catechesis for Christian Living, Formed in Faith: Sessions for Inquiry, Catechumenate, and Ongoing Faith  Formation, Confirming Adult Catholics, Purified and  Enlightened: RCIA Sessions for Lent.  She holds an MA in Liturgy & Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.  

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