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RCIA Study Day 2019

2019 Featured Speakers

Jose Ramon Perez

Fr. José Ramon Pérez (Spanish)

Fr. Jose Ramon Perez was born in Mexico in August 1950. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psycho-pedagogy at the Pan-American University of Mexico City. He completed his ecclesiastic studies in Rome and Spain and got his PhD in Canon Law at the University of Navarra, Spain. He was ordained in Spain in August of 1980. Fr. Jose Ramon has exercised his pastoral ministry in Mexico City, Monterrey, Chihuahua, Torreón and Hermosillo. Fr. Jose Ramon has served in the Archdiocese of San Antonio since 2009 where he is incardinated. He has served at San Fernando Cathedral, San Francisco di Paola, Our Lady of Good Counsel and is currently the pastor of St. Lawrence. He is an instructor at MACC (Mexican American Catholic College), defender of the bond at the Tribunal Ecclesiastical Court of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and chaplain of prisons. He has worked in marriage counseling for many years and teaches family formation courses to different groups.

Topic: RICA - Conversión a Cristo

Topic: Aspecto Litúrgico del Periodo del Catecumenado

Rose Marten

Dr. Rose Marden (New/Review & Experienced/Veteran)

Dr. Rose Marten received her D.Min from the CUA and is assistant professor of pastoral studies at Oblate School of Theology. She teaches Masters and Doctoral level courses in the area of evangelization and faith formation. But Dr. Marden is no ivory tower theologian. She frequently offers continuing education lectures and workshops, as well as parish lectures and missions. Her parish ministry has included being on RCIA teams in California, Virginia and San Antonio, functioning as director at two of those parishes. She has 40+ years of experience in faith formation.

Topic: Who is the RCIA for, and who is it not for?

Topic: Initial Conversion: Interview, Discernment, Confidentiality & Precatechumenate

Topic: Nurturing Conversion through the RCIA process – What are we looking for and when?


Fr. Roger Keeler (Keynote)

Fr. Roger Keeler has been ordained to the ministerial priesthood for twenty-eight years. He earned his JCD and PhD in Canon Law from Saint Paul University/University of Ottawa (Ottawa), he earned a Master's degree in Theology in Systematics from Newman Tehological College (Edmonton), and he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Alberta (Edmunton). He's served as pastor for twenty-one years in both rural and urban settings; professor of Canon Law for five years (Newman Theological College, Edmonton); professor of systematics for four years (St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta, Edmonton). Fr. Keeler was elected Executive Director of the Canon Law Society of America in 2014.

Topic: Canon Law and RCIA

Gloria Zapain

Gloria Zapiain, M.A. (New/Review)

Gloria F. (“Gigi”) Zapiain, M.A. has been involved in catechetics and RCIA on the parish, diocesan, and university levels for more than 30 years, both east and west of the Mississippi. She currently serves as the Pastoral Secretariat Director for Evangelization, Catechesis and RCIA for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Topic: The Catechumenate Period of the RCIA - What to Provide?

Heliodoro Lucatero

Fr. Heliodoro Lucatero (Spanish)

Fr. Heliodoro Lucatero is a native of Colima, Mexico and is priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio ordained in 1986. He holds a PhD in Liturgy from the U. of Notre Dame. Fr. Lucatero currently serves in the Hispanic Sub-Committee of the U.S. Bishop's Committee of Divine Worship; he is also a member of the advisory board of the National Hispanic Institute of Liturgy. He is the Director of the Secretariat for Liturgy of the Archdiocese of San Antonio and pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish.

Topic: Elementos Claves en el Periodo de Evangelización y Precatecumenado

Topic: El Aspecto Catequético del Periodo del Catecumenado

Dolores Martinez

Dr. Dolores Martinez (New/Review, Experienced/Veteran, & Spanish)

Dr. Dolores Martinez received her a Ph.D. in fine Arts from Texas Tech University, specializing in piano & harpsichord performance. She is a liturgist and musician specializing in Spanish presentations on catechetical and RCIA formation topics, Spanish and bilingual liturgy, and music. Dolores has served as director of the Office of Worship for both the Lubbock Diocese and Archdiocese of San Antonio - as well as liturgy and/or music director for several parishes throughout Texas, including in San Antonio. As such, she has extensive experience at both the parish and diocesan levels. Dolores offers workshops in liturgy and music throughout the country, specializing in bi-lingual and Spanish­ only presentations.

Topic: Sponsors & Godparents – What is their role and what do they need to know?

Topic: Making “Breaking Open the Word” more meaningful for your team & RCIA participants

Topic: Doing Mystagogy - It’s not so mysterious!

Topic: Ritos de Aceptación/Bienvenida, de Envió, de Elección, y Llamado a la Conversión Continua

Tribunal Team of the Archdiocese (Experienced/Veteran)

Msgr. Charles Chaffman, JCD is the Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Anastacio Hinojosa is a San Antonio native who holds a Master's in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver CO. He is currently the Director of the Archdiocesan Tribunal under the leadership of Msgr. Charles Chaffman, JCD. Laura Brill is also a San Antonio native who holds a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from the OST who most recently was an Assoc. Dir. for the Office for Parish Life in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. She currently serves as one of the Tribunal Case Coordinators has been recently named as the point of contact for all RCIA cases.

Topic: Avoiding Holy Week Panic & Canonical Questions in the RCIA Process

Additional Notes

Bring a copy of the RCIA Rites Book. If you do not own a copy, you may purchase one online here: RCIA Rite in English and/or RCIA Rite in Spanish. We will have 7 copies of the RCIA Rites Book in English for sale for $25.00 at the . First come, first served basis.

For New/Review Registrants: Before attending this workshop, please review the two introductory RCIA Webinars and download the handouts as a prerequisite for this workshop.

Sweaters Recommended: A sweater or light jacket is recommended because of the fluctuating temperatures in the buildings. Thank you.

More Information

For more information, please contact Yessica Marval at [email protected] or (210) 734-1653.