Catechumenate Minister Formation

Catechumenate Minister Formation

article courtesy of Jerry Paré, Catechumenate Director at Trinity Cathedral

The Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California are co-sponsors of “Making Disciples; A Conference for Catechumenate Leaders,” May 10-12 at Mercy Center, Auburn.

The three-day conference is designed to provide answers to what the catechumenate is, as well as how it can be implemented in congregations. It is designed to respond to questions raised by those ministering in both small and large, rural and urban congregations.

“The catechumenate is primarily about formation into the Baptismal Covenant. By its very nature it is ecumenical. This is an exciting opportunity to experience the many aspects of the catechumenate,” explains Jerry Paré, the conference organizer. “Many workshops on the catechumenate only have time to explain briefly what the process is about. This conference provides answers about the implementation of the catechumenate...a brief, intense catechumenate on the catechumenate!”

Paré has been involved in catechumenate ministry for over 40 years. His experience includes ministry at the parochial, regional and national levels. He is a member of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, serves on the board of the North American Association for the Catechumenate, and is currently Catechumenate Director at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento. He will be joined by a team that includes musicians, liturgists and catechists to lead the conference.

When: Thursday, May 10 - Saturday, May 12

Where: Mercy Center, Auburn

Cost: $275/person with a $25/person discount for those who register by March 1, 2012, or for three or more registrants from a congregation by April 1, 2012.

Important note: The conference is limited to 35 people. 

Click here to register online.

Information and registration forms may also be obtained from Jerry Paré: or (916) 930-8032.

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