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The peace of Christ be with you

Welcome to the North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC), an ecumenical organization which provides training and support for churches engaged in the process of baptismal conversion and making Christian disciples.

Welcome Ministry Practitioners and All Engaged in Spiritual Formation

We believe that the catechumenate is an important tool for discipleship in today's church that not only prepares people for baptism but also for baptismal living. We invite you to be in conversation with others in the larger Christian community. Check out our NAAC Facebook page for a sharing of faith stories, questions, suggestions, and resources. Let us know how your congregation is reclaiming the ancient rite of the catechumenate.

Upcoming Events


NAAC Annual Gathering

The 2017 Annual Gathering will be held June 27-29, 2017 at the Mercy Center, Burlingame, California. The theme is "Turning Hearts Toward God: The Lenten Practice of Baptismal Preparation."
Download the flyer here.


NAAC Catechumenate Training Institute

A NAAC Catechumenate Training Institue is scheduled for Arden, North Carolina, May 4 to 6, 2017. See Events page for more information.
Download brochure here.
Download press release here.
Download flyer here.
Download schedule here.
To register online, click here.


Training Events with Paul Hoffman

Catechumenal worships with Paul Hoffman have been scheduled for 2017. See the listing under Events.


Book on the Catechumenate now available

Featuring eighteen contributors from various mainline denominations, this practical handbook:

  • Presents helpful and practical tools for welcoming seekers and formingdisciples today.
  • Distills the best of the church’s experience and resources for making disciples.
  • Harvests the wisdom of practitioners of the contemporary catechumenate, providing guidance for leading the process in any congregation.
  • Equips congregations as they engage in the work of baptismal living.

Paperback, $12.99 (Quantity discount available). Read the Press Release here. Order from Augsburg Fortress Publishing.

NAAC Seeks Host Congregations for Future Training Institutes

Click here to read more about how your congregation can benefit from hosting a regional catechumenate training event with a presentation team provided by NAAC. The parish setting is perfect for hosting a NAAC Training Institute. NAAC provides leadership in multiple ways before and during the local event. The onsite coordinator is guided through the planning process with planning templates, pre-designed materials, team planning conference calls, and frequent phone and email contact. NAAC also provides presenters for the event. The host parish, led by a local member coordinator, has the ability to create a unique setting that welcomes participants with warm hospitality. As a result of excellent NAAC support and advance planning, local and visiting lay leaders and clergy have the opportunity to develop and share new understanding, while actually participating in the rites of the catechumenate as part of the learning process right in their local parish setting. Click here for the congregational contract in hosting a NAAC event.

NAAC  Winter 2017 Newsletter

The current issue of the NAAC News has been posted on this site under Newsletters. Download a .pdf copy here.

Membership for New and Renewing Members

For a NAAC brochure, click here.
For the membership application form, click here.
For the online membership form, click here.
For updating your contact information for our mailing list, click here.