As part of the Office for New Evangelization, this ministry provides assistance to parishes in Adult Faith Formation and RCIA. It supports the facilitation of creating a culture of mature adult discipleship across parishes that engages the faithful in full participation in the life of the Church.
Ongoing faith formation is an essential component of our work together with parish leaders as we seek to implement best practices in faith formation more effectively, and to involve adults in the whole process of catechesis. This effort finds its inspiration amid the fullness of Christian life and the vision put forth in Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States.
The coordination of RCIA and its implementation are vital for the growth and renewal of the local parish. Through RCIA we seek to promote and support parishes in their holistic implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and for Children of Catechetical Age as mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Our office provides a wide variety of pastoral services intended to equip and facilitate parish RCIA leaders and teams, as they fulfill the Church's mission to make missionary disciples and advance the Kingdom of God in every parish community.
“Ustedes serán mis testigos.” -Hechos 1:8
“¿No sentíamos arder nuestro corazón cuando nos hablaba en el camino y nos explicaba las Escrituras?” - Lc 24:32
"La misión catequética de la Iglesia tiene como objetivo a los fieles de todas las edades a crecer tanto en la madurez humana y cristiana, enriqueciendo el conjunto de la vida con la levadura del Evangelio" (Nuestro corazón ardía dentro de nosotros un Plan Pastoral para la catequesis de adultos en los Estados Unidos , Declaración de los Obispos católicos de Estados Unidos 64).
"Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?" - Lk 24:32
“The Church’s catechetical mission aims to help the faithful of all ages grow in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel” ( Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us. A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States, Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops 64).