RCIA Network of England & Wales

supporting the journey of faith



Happy New Year!

Many people begin the year with plans for fitness and diet regimes. A quick glance at this Newsletter may alarm or please you depending on your intentions and efforts so far – images of racing cyclists! You may wonder what the connection is with RCIA but it gives a way into our Conference topic this year – The Team in Formation. Matters to do with team are always mentioned in any requests for future Conferences so this year this will be our focus. It would be great to see as many Network members as possible at the Conference – bicycles are optional.


We say goodbye to Molly Styant who has been Convenor of the RCIA Executive for the last couple years. Molly is returning to her native Canada to be closer to her children. We will miss her good humour and generosity, concern and desire to keep us grounded in the different pastoral realities of our parishes. Thank You.
Martin Foster takes over the role of Convenor of the Executive.

Newsletter Format

With this newsletter we are using the Mailchimp web service. We hope this will make the Newsletter more attractive as well as easier to manage.

News & Events

The Team in Formation

RCIA Network Conference 2014

8-10 July High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon
The Booking Form is now available. We have tried keep costs down – to take advantage of the early-bird discount send in your booking by 30 April 2014.

  • Booking Form (pdf)
  • Booking Form (doc)

RCIA – as easy as riding a bike?

The pelotonfieldbunch or pack is the main group of riders in a road bicycle race. Riders in a group save energy by riding close (drafting or slipstreaming) near (particularly behind) other riders. The reduction in drag s dramatic; in the middle of a well-developed group it can be as much as 40%.

Pope Francis & the Catechumenate

To end the Year of Faith Pope Francis met with Catechumens and celebrated the Rite of Acceptance. It is understood to be the first time that a Pope has celebrated the rite in Rome.
You can read more about it in the Network’s blog: Walking the Rite Way

A Priest’s Perspective

The most recent blog post is a reflection on the changes one parish made to their Journey in Faith following the Southern Conference with Paul Turner last year.

Question for Reflection

With each issue of the Newsletter we would like to invite to share your experience and insights from your own situation. To open the discussion each time there will be a question which might like to share with others in your parish team. There will also be a link to the Network blog and space for you to contribute your thoughts and ideas.

In what ways will you mark the Period of Purification & Enlightenment this Lent?