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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

Registration for the 2019 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is open!

Early Bird Registration, by March 6, 2019        $200

General Registration, by May 11, 2019         $250

July 1st Opening Reception        $30
Optional. Includes an open bar.

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All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing (letter, fax, or e-mail) by Friday, May 31, 2019 for a full refund or by Monday, June 17, 2019 for a 75% refund. Cancellation requests after Monday, June 17, 2019 will not receive a refund.

 

A limited number of rooms are available at the Hampton Inn Chicago North – Loyola Station at a discounted rate of $144.00 per night. This rate is available for those who book before June 3, 2019 for the evenings of July 1st - July 3rd. To reserve a room at the Hampton Inn Loyola Station, please call 800-426-7866 and mention NGCI 19 or visit http://group.hamptoninn.com/NGCI2019.

Limited group housing is available on Loyola’s Lake Shore campus in Santa Clara Hall for a discounted rate of $240.67 per night (rate includes a 17.4% lodging tax). This rate is available for those who book before May 17, 2019 for the evenings of July 1st and July 2nd. To reserve a 2 bedroom apartment suite visit https://lodging.luc.edu and enter promo code ltp2019.

 

The Theme for 2019 is The Year-Round Catechumenate

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults describes an initiation process that exists at the heart of the Church’s life and on the same schedule as the Church: every day, all year long. This process calls us to adapt our ministry to the needs of the diverse people with whom we minister and welcome people when God calls them. Come to the NGCI to hear from parish ministers who have established a year-round catechumenate, discover the benefits of the process, and learn to thrive amid the messiness that brings grace to our lives. The NGCI team will help you imagine, envision, understand, implement, and sustain a year-round catechumenate in your parish.