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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is an annual two-day conference for parish Christian initiation ministers and diocesan catechetical, liturgical, and evangelization leaders. Steeped in the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ seeks to promote the vision of the Church as constantly evangelizing, catechizing, and initiating disciples. See About NGCI for more information.

Who is hosting the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

Liturgy Training Publications, an agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is hosting the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ to promote the full implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. LTP has long been a leader in promoting the baptismal catechumenate. Click here to learn more about LTP.

When is the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

The 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ will take place on July 5–6, 2018, with an opening reception on the evening of July 4, 2018.

What is the theme for the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

The 2018 theme for the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is To Emmaus and Back: Liturgy and Catechesis. To learn more about our theme for the 2018 gathering, please visit https://www.ngci.org/2018.

Why should I attend the the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ will gather parish leaders, initiation ministers, and regional or diocesan trainers from around the country to explore the theoretical and practical aspects of initiation ministry. This event is designed to help participants come to a deeper understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, challenging all to reflect on ways their community might more fully implement the vision of the RCIA as expressed in this document. In community with initiation ministers from around the country, participants will experience expert training, engage in discussion, learn from interactive multimedia presentations, and prayerfully reflect on the liturgies of the RCIA.

I am interested in the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ and would like to share some information with my pastor/parish leaders/RCIA team. Do you have any materials available to share?

In addition to this website, we have several resources available for you! We have a short promotional video available here, which you are welcome to share via e-mail or social media. We have also created a one-page save-the-date flyer, which is available as a PDF to download, print, or e-mail. If you would like printed copies of our save-the-date flyer, please contact us at ngci@ltp.org and we would be happy to send some to you by mail.

Will there be a 2019 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

Yes! The 2019 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is currently in development. More information will be available in the summer of 2018. Stay tuned!

What is the cost for registration?

Individual registration is $200 for those who register by February 14, 2018. Registration will increase to $250 for those who register between February 15, 2018 and May 11, 2018. Registration includes lunch on July 5th and July 6th. There is also an optional opening reception, which is available for purchase at $30. The opening reception will take place on July 4th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and will include an open bar. 

When is the registration deadline?

May 11, 2018

Where can I register?

Online registration is available here. You may also register by phone at 1-800-933-1800. Registrations may be mailed, along with this form to:

Liturgy Training Publications
Attn: NGCI
3949 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

What is included in registration?

Registration includes lunch on July 5th and 6th, complementary resources from LTP, expert training from leaders in Christian initiation, and fellowship with initiation ministers from around the country.

I would like to pay by check. Who should I make the check payable to?

Please make all checks payable to LTP. Checks may be mailed to:

Liturgy Training Publications
Attn: NGCI
3949 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

I would like to register but I am not yet sure whether I will be available for the evening reception. Can I register for the reception separately?

Yes. Please call us at 800-933-1800 if you would like to add the opening reception to your registration. You will also have the option to purchase a ticket to the opening reception at the event.

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

All cancellations and requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing (letter, fax, e-mail) by the deadlines listed below. Telephone requests WILL NOT be honored. Send letters to: Liturgy Training Publications, Attention NGCI, 3949 South Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60609; ngci@ltp.org. All refunds will be sent four to six weeks after the event has concluded. Refund requests will be processed based on the following Cancellation Schedule:

  • Letters postmarked more than thirty (30) calendar days prior to arrival will receive a 100% refund.
  • Letters postmarked more than fifteen (15) but less than thirty (30) calendar days prior to arrival will receive a 75% refund.
  • Letters postmarked less than fifteen (15) calendar days prior to arrival will not receive a refund.

I registered, but I can no longer attend the event. Can my colleague come in my place?

Attendee changes or substitutions may be made to any attendee registration until the first date of the event for a $5.00 administrative service charge. Substitutions or changes done on site after the event has commenced will be subject to a $10.00 administrative service charge. However, once you have received your badge on site, it cannot be changed, substituted, or reissued to a different person.

Do you offer any discounted registration rates or scholarship options?

LTP has already supplemented the price of the conference in order to make it more affordable for individual participants. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any additional discounts or scholarship options. If you would like to participate but find that cost is an obstacle, we encourage you to reach out to your diocesan office to find out what sorts of local scholarship options may be available.

Will onsite registration be available?

No. The registration deadline is May 11, 2018.

Who is invited to the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

The National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ is designed for parish Christian initiation ministers and diocesan catechetical, liturgical, and evangelization leaders. The gathering will be organized in 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. Regional or diocesan trainers will explore and discuss practical strategies for implementing effective training and formation in their local communities.

I see that registration is available in two tracks. How do I determine which track to register under?

The tracks are primarily organized based on the level at which you participate in Christian initiation in your diocese. If you are involved at the parish level, either as a leader or as an initiation minister, you would register for the Parish Leader and Initiation Minister track. If your work in initiation ministry is more focused on the diocesan level, training parish leaders and organizing initiation ministry across a large region containing multiple communities, then you would register for the Regional or Diocesan Trainers track. If you have any further questions about which track might best suit your level of experience, we suggest contacting us at ngci@ltp.org and explaining your question or concern. We would be more than happy to help.

I am new to Christian initiation ministry. Can I still participate in the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

Of course! We would love for new initiation ministers to attend the National Gathering. We will be offering pre-conference distance learning sessions for new initiation ministers and all those involved in exploring the basics of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. If you do not already own a copy of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, we do recommend that you purchase one and become familiar with the text prior to the conference. As always, please contact us at ngci@ltp.org with any questions or concerns.

Will the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ be offered in Spanish?

The 2018 NGCI will be presented in English. Supplementary materials will be offered in Spanish.

What are the hours for the 2017 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

The 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ will open with an optional evening reception from 7pm – 9pm on Wednesday, July 4th. The event will begin on Thursday, July 5th with registration between 8am – 8:50am and sessions will last until 5pm. Sessions will resume on Friday, July 6th at 9am and will conclude at 4:30pm. The opening reception requires an extra $30 ticket for entry.

Where can I check in for the conference once I arrive at the hotel?

Participants can check in for the opening reception on Wednesday, July 4th in the Fountainview Room on Level 3. Event check in will be available for all registrants between 8am and 9am on Thursday, July 5th on the Chicago Promenade on Level 4.

Do you have any recommendations for dinner restaurants on July 5th?

Chicago is a city full of a diverse range of culinary delights and savory dining options. If you are from out of town, Chicago is particularly known for their Chicago style pizza and Chicago style hot dogs, so make sure to try them while you are in town. That said, if you are planning to attend the evening reception on July 5th, we recommend dining near the hotel in order to give yourself enough time to sit, eat, and get back for the reception. The Sheraton hotel has several dining options listed online here, including the Chicago Burger Company which has outdoor seating available on the Riverwalk. LTP representatives will also be happy to offer suggestions for favorite places in the area.

Where will the 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ take place?

The 2018 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ will be held one block west of Lake Michigan at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, overlooking the Chicago River in the heart of the city. The address for the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel is 301 E. North Water Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

Where in the hotel will events take place?

The July 4th evening reception will take place in the Fountainview Room on Level 3. Registration will be available on July 5th in the Promenade West on Level 4. All sessions will take place on Level 4 in the Chicago Ballroom #1, #2, and #3. Regional and diocesan trainer breakout sessions will be held in the Mayfair room. A map of Level 4 is available here .

Is there parking at the hotel?

Yes. The hotel is offering a special conference parking rate for self park at $40.00 per day. Additional parking options are also available in the area. Please visit https://www.nationalgatheringonchristianinitiation.org/travel#parking for more information.

What is the best way to get to the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel?

Directions, transportation options, and travel details are all available here: https://www.nationalgatheringonchristianinitiation.org/travel. Please feel free to contact us with any specific questions.

Will Wifi be available in the hotel?

Complimentary wireless high speed internet access will be available to hotel guests in all public areas. Wireless internet is available for purchase in guest rooms. At this time, we cannot guarantee wireless internet access in the session rooms.

If I am coming in from out of town, where can I stay for the National Gathering on Christian Initiation™?

The hotel that is hosting the gathering is offering a special room rate of $154.00 per night for NGCI participants. Rooms are available at this rate for July 3 – July 6, 2018. A limited number of rooms may be offered at this rate for additional nights, based on hotel availability. You can reserve your room today by phone at 312-464-1000 (mention NGCI), or online at www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/NGCI2018.

What is the per night room rate at the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel?

The Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel is offering a special room rate of $154.00 per night for NGCI participants.

What is the deadline to book my room at the Sheraton Grand Chicago?

The booking deadline for the $154.00 per night rate is May 28, 2018.

I have questions about the hotel or would like to make inquiries about my stay. How can I contact the Sheraton Grand Chicago?

Information about the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel is available at http://sheratonchicago.com/. If you would like to contact the hotel, you may do so by phone at 312-464-1000.

Is there parking at the hotel?

Yes. The hotel is offering a special conference parking rate for self park at $40.00 per day. Additional parking options are also available in the area. Please visit https://www.nationalgatheringonchristianinitiation.org/travel#parking for more information.

My organization is interested in getting involved in the 2018 or 2019 National Gathering on Christian Initiation™. Are there any exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities available?

Yes! We would love to partner with other organizations that are interested in promoting the full vision of the baptismal catechumenate as outlined in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Please contact us at ngci@ltp.org and let us know what you are thinking. We would be more than happy to start the conversation.

I have a question that was not answered here. What should I do?

We have tried to anticipate as many of your questions as possible, but if you do not find the answer to your question on this website, we suggest you contact us by e-mail at ngci@ltp.org or by phone at 773-579-4900, extension 3554.

Will you be recording the sessions?

We will not be recording the sessions for public use. We will, however, be filming over the course of the conference for promotional and educational purposes. By attending the Event you acknowledge and agree to grant National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ the right at the Event to record, film, photograph, or capture your likeness in any media now available or hereafter developed and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise globally to disseminate, in perpetuity, such media without any further approval from you or any payment to you. This grant to National Gathering on Christian Initiation™ includes, but is not limited to, the right to edit such media, the right to use the media alone or together with other information, and the right to allow others to use or disseminate the media.

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