An Introduction to the RCIA

The Essentials of Christian Initiation (ECI), a six-week, virtual training course developed by Liturgy Training Publications, provides a basic and thorough introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and serves as a foundation to implementing the vision of Christian initiation ministry in a parish setting. The course guides participants through the various periods and steps of the RCIA through the lens of conversion, evangelization, and discipleship.

Each session will be a collaborative form of learning that combines expert presentations on the theology and practice of Christian initiation ministry with a chance to engage in mystagogical reflections with others in the course.

The online course will be offered periodically and will consist of six ninety-minute sessions. Participants will be assigned texts to read and videos to watch between the weekly sessions and will receive access to special downloads, videos, and a class forum.

The Essentials of Christian Initiation will benefit:

  • RCIA coordinators and team members
  • New and experienced initiation ministers
  • Liturgy and music directors and worship committee members
  • Those in lay ministry or diaconal formation programs
  • Priests and deacons seeking an ongoing formation experience



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