2015: Port Pirie
RCIA State Conference
23-25 OCTOBER 2015 – THEME: CONVERSION TO CHRIST
- Bishop Paul Bird
- Sharon Brewer
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Biennial State Conference
Chardonnay Lodge, Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra
Theme: JOURNEY OF THE HEART
- Most Rev Philip Wilson DD JCL
- Sr Mary Cresp RSJ
- Br Patrick Cronin CFC
RCIA State Conference
Last October, 35 participants from the Archdiocese and the Diocese of Port Pirie gathered in Berri for the biennial RCIA State conference. There RCIA is the Church’s process for bringing adults into the Catholic Church either as Catechumens or Candidates for Full Communion of the Catholic Church. RCIA stands for ‘Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.’
The guest speakers were Fr Kevin Taylor JCL Judicial Vicar, and Ms Rose-Marie Black as a visiting co-ordinator of RCIA from the Sale Diocese, Victoria. These two guest speakers led us into very informative discussion regarding the pastoral issues which parish RCIA teams find themselves facing.
Fr Kevin dealt with the marriage tribunal processes which assist people who join the RCIA process with marriage annulment issues. Fr Kevin was able to enlighten our leaders about the tribunal processes, and dispelled many myths which have grown up around that. Fr Kevin showed us a very pastoral side to his work, and gave much confidence to our RCIA leaders, in allowing a full discussion of the issues, and gave them confidence in talking about the issues with potential Catechumens and Candidates.
Rose-Marie allowed discussion to take place in regional areas, such as in the deanery groups in the Adelaide Archdiocese, and the special concerns facing the Port Pirie Diocese which has centres in a very large geographical area. The participants worked in table groups and were able to gain much encouragement for one another.
The conference also allowed the parish teams to “come away and rest awhile.” The enjoyable moments were the conference dinner for which a number of sponsors donated the wine, and a boat trip down the Murray to Lock 4. The parish RCIA teams feel now they are refreshed and wish again to be fully engaged in their parishes.
Br Patrick Cronin cfc
Archdiocesan Coordinator RCIA