The Liturgical Institute of Mundelein, IL, is offering its first Liturgy Week Conference, November 29–December 2. Co-sponsored by Adoremus, this inaugural conference will focus on Sacramental Preparation for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), and will teach directors how to build a robust RCIA program with a solid foundation in Sacramental Theology.
Each full day of the conference will consist of a short course made up of five one-hour lectures as well as sung liturgies. See more information at the Liturgical Institute’s conference website:
The conference will feature a trio of experts on the RCIA process: Dr. William Keimig, assistant director of the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, who will speak on the liturgical, catechetical, and pastoral dimensions of the RCIA process in his presentation, “Sacramental Preparation.”
Father Randy Stice, director of the Office of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Knoxville, TN, will speak on the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, and First Communion) in his presentation “Day of Initiation.”
Dr. Timothy O’Malley, academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy in the McGrath Institute for Church Life, South Bend, IN, will speak on the importance of post-baptismal formation in parishes in his presentation, “Mystagogical Formation.”
The Liturgical Institute took its cue to inaugurate the Liturgical Week Conference series from a similar venture undertaken in the mid-20th century by members of the Liturgical Movement, which sought since its founding in 19th-century France to renew the Catholic faithful in their love for and understanding of the sacred liturgy of the Church. Members of this movement invited priests and Catholic liturgists from around the world to come learn and discuss topics of sacramental importance. The first of these conferences was held in Chicago in 1940.
“It is our hope to reignite this tradition in the same place that it started over eighty years ago,” announced the conference organizers at its website.