Category Archives: Catechumenate

What to do with the 3 conversion stories: Jn: 4:5-42; Jn 9:1-41; Jn 11: 1-45 ?

When there are catechumens who are candidates for baptism at the Great Vigil of Easter, it is appropriate in any year with the consent of the Bishop to use the Sunday lectionary for Year A during Lent and the Great Fifty Days of Easter. (BoS 2018, p. 136) These three conversion stories — The Samaritan Woman at … Continue reading

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Blocking Progress

The Dean was concerned that we didn’t have any “basics” classes at Trinity. So, inspired by Canon Carey’s previous ministry in this area, I developed some. It was a good way to provide basics and to develop a year-round catechumenate. … Continue reading

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Invite Welcome Connect

Mary Parmer began an evangelism ministry around 2007 that she came to call Invite Welcome Connect. The story of how she came to create and lead this dynamic ministry is contained in Chapter One of her book, Invite Welcome Connect. … Continue reading

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What's in a Name?

“In Arizona we use the catechumenate….but no one knows what that is, so we call it ‘Journey to Jesus.’” –Bishop Megan Traquier, January, 2019 We wrestled with the same issue at Trinity Cathedral in the mid-’90’s. Before then the preparation … Continue reading

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Revised Catechumenate

From a Lent with much suffering and dying to an Easter with signs of new life and much hope:  this is the story of the catechumenate at Trinity Cathedral for the beginning of 2012. Much of the story has been … Continue reading

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When to baptize?

The above question can be answered in numerous ways. All involve praxis because of the very nature of sacrament as visible action celebrating grace. Most recently my experience is one in which there is a presumption that grace is alive … Continue reading

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“You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am” Mk 8:34 (Message)

This Lent is particularly difficult.  I have envisaged this portion of this blog as reflection on the gospel passages with a focus towards leading catechumenate meetings.  Today I find the focus on myself. Some would argue that that is the … Continue reading

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Advent and Beyond

We did what I said we wouldn’t do this year–we asked those involved in the catechumenate to join the parish in the ADVENTure series during Advent.  This is a series of outreach activities.  I stressed to the sponsors that they … Continue reading

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Grace at Work

We had a powerful meeting this evening.  I always find it amazing when I am witness to a person struggling with conversion.  That’s what happened this evening. Witnessing God’s mysterious ways unfold is also always amazing.  This week’s gospel passage … Continue reading

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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch….a Current Story

Trinity’s associate pastor Lynell related the following experience to me: A family called her to the bedside of one of their dying family members.  In the course of the visit, the dying person’s son asked that his mother be baptized.  … Continue reading

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