Over two hundred twenty leaders from one hundred three dioceses gathered in Lombard, Illinois, October 1-3, for the annual national meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). Their focus was “The RCIA: Ever Ancient, Ever New.” Specifically, they would examine the National Statutes on the Catechumenate (1988) which have served as particular law for the dioceses of the United States for the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
At the heart of their discussions were the results of a recent study on pastoral practice commissioned by the FDLC, the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship, and the USCCB’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis. The survey was conducted in the spring and summer of 2014 by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). The one-hundred-question instrument was sent to a random sampling of 5000 parishes in the USA. Dr. Mary Gautier of CARA presented a summary of the results, analyzing such data as the length of the formation process, the number of catechumens and candidates, the celebration of the rites which mark their journey, proper ministers of the rites, catechetical resources used, the specific needs of children of catechetical age, and the proper celebration of the rites of initiation and reception into full communion.
The following documents were released following the National Meeting for the general public:
Read the PRESS RELEASE from Rita Thiron, Executive Director for more information regarding the Annual Meeting.
REMARKS that Rita Thiron, Executive Director made to the membershp at the beginning of the Annual Meeting.
REMARKS that Fr. Tom Ranzino, Board Chair made to the membership at the beginning of the Annual Meeting.
ADDRESS of Rev. Paul Turner during the Study Day.
ADDRESS of Rev. Ronald J. Lewinski, STL during the Study Day.
ADDRESS of Bishop Seitz (representing Bishop Sarratelli of the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship during the Evening with the BCDW.
REPORT to the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship