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 NAAC's Open Forum known as "Living Wet" for a sharing of faith stories, questions, suggestions, and resources. Let us know how your congregation is reclaiming the ancient rite of the catechumenate.
Watch for more information about these events here and on the NAAC Facebook Page.
June 27 to 29, 2013: Joint NAAC and APLM Gathering
Location: Divine Word/Techny Towers, Chicago, IL
Registration form: Click here.
Brochure: Click here
For more information, click here.
For information on scholarships and one-day registration options, click here.
August 5 to 8, 2014: NAAC Annual Gathering and Training Institute
Location: Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver BC, Canada
Flyer: Click here
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.
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.
New Essay by John Hill
John Hill, longtime advocate for and interpreter of the catechumenate, presented recently at one of the NAAC Institutes in Spokane. See his essay based on the insights of Rene Girard, "Making Disciples the Way Jesus Did." Download a .pdf copy here.
The current issue of the NAAC News has been posted on this site under Newsletters. Download a .pdf copy here.