Reevaluation of St. Patrick Catholic Church's R.C.L A. Process for the New Millennium
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults was improved by the Vatican II Council to return to a method of initiation that mirrored the early church’s way of bringing new members into the faith community. I was a member of a small committee that studied the R.C.I A. in our parish in 1995 and the committee was able to implement a process that followed the new directives. We made the two-year process of instruction and faith development flexible to each of the new candidate or catechumen’s needs. What this project entails is a systematic approach of spiritual reflection that is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the process. Our main goal is to improve our outreach to the new members in a way that may be more meaningful to them. These concerns are of an ongoing nature and we are now taking steps to maintain this through periodic reevaluation of the process.