When I was 19, I was still living in my home town, St. Louis, Missouri. My pastor sent me to a diocesan meeting to learn about a new program called “RCIA” that would soon be starting in all the parishes. I didn’t know anything about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at that time. After that meeting, however, I was convinced that the full implementation of the catechumenate process would change the church. I’ve been learning about it and trying to implement it ever since that day.
At the time, I was working as a campus minister at a commuter college. I went on to study liturgy at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. While I was in Minnesota, I worked at a parish in Minneapolis, and I got first-hand experience with the RCIA in an active faith community. While I was working there, I attended my first institute with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate.
Several years later, I became a team member with the Forum, and I currently lead two or three institutes a year for them.
I left Minnesota in 1992 to begin a career in San José, California, in Catholic publishing. My first book was published in 1996, and I’ve written dozens of articles on liturgy, catechesis, and RCIA for leading publications in the United States. I’ve written two essential books for the RCIA process:
One of the best things I’ve done in all my years of work in initiation ministry is to start a website for parish teams who want to form Christians for life. You can see it at TeamRCIA.com.