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The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ invites parish leaders, initiation ministers, and regional or diocesan trainers to come together to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of initiation ministry. Through interactive sessions, meetings, and prayer opportunities, participants will understand more deeply that the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the vision of the parish as a community of disciples.

The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ will have two tracks. Parish Leaders and Initiation Ministers will deepen and enrich their work as they gain practical skills, discuss common challenges, and share best practices. Pre-conference distance-learning sessions will be available for new ministers and those interested in exploring the basics of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Regional or Diocesan Trainers will explore and discuss practical strategies for implementing effective training and formation in their local communities.


Registration for the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is now open.

Early Bird Registration, by February 14, 2018         $200

General Registration, by May 11, 2018         $250

July 4th Opening Reception and Fireworks on the Riverwalk         $30
Optional. Includes an open bar.


Registration is also available by mail. Please download, print, and send in the form found in our save-the-date flyer to LTP at 3949 South Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60609.

A limited number of rooms are available at the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel at a discounted rate of $154.00 per night. This rate is available for those who book before May 28, 2018 for the evenings of July 3rd - July 6th. A limited number of rooms may be offered at this rate for additional nights, based on hotel availability. To reserve a room at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel, please call 312-464-1000 and mention NGCI, or visit

All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing (letter, fax, or e-mail) by Friday, June 1, 2017 for a full refund or by Monday, June 18, 2017 for a 75% refund. Cancellation requests after Monday, June 18, 2017 will not receive a refund.

The Theme for 2018 is To Emmaus and Back: Liturgy and Catechesis

The disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus recognized him in the breaking of bread, but they needed to be catechized first. With their hearts and eyes opened by Scripture and careful teaching, they could see the Risen Lord. Then they joyfully raced back to Jerusalem to share the good news. Those involved in initiation ministry walk that same Paschal journey with catechumens and candidates year after year. The theme for the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™, To Emmaus and Back: Liturgy and Catechesis, invites parish and diocesan leaders to reflect on this journey and on the essential bond between liturgy and catechesis, specifically in the process of Christian initiation. Those who attend the NGCI will be challenged and invigorated to consider the many ways in which “catechesis both precedes the liturgy and springs from it” (National Directory for Catechesis, 33).