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Welcome to The North American Forum on the Catechumenate

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The North American Forum on the Catechumenate (Forum) is an international network of pastoral ministers, liturgists, catechists, and theologians united to share the vision and practice of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Mission Statement

The mission of The North American Forum on the Catechumenate is the full implementation in all parishes of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and its implications for reconciliation.

Theological Foundation

The Mission of Forum is grounded in a theology based on the experience of

- God’s gracious initiative

- the paschal mystery of death and resurrection in Jesus Christ

- the prophetic power of word and sacrament

- the shared life and wisdom of the people of God, graced and sinful

- listening to the voice of the poor and oppressed

- conversion to the freedom of disciples

- working for justice and peace for the world


Formational Principles

To remain faithful to the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Forum adheres to these principles :

- Initiation begins with evangelization leading to conversion.

- Catechesis, community, liturgy, and mission are formative.

- All cultural gifts are honored and celebrated.

- The methods of theological reflection are pastoral.

- The processes of adult learning are normative.

Organizational Traits

Forum’s operations, behaviors, attitudes, and actions exhibit these traits:

- Excellence : The highest level of competence, creativity, and professionalism are strived for at all times.

- Stewardship : Human, material, environmental, and financial resources are administered with responsibility and accountability.

- Respect : The precepts that all life is sacred, that each human being is unique, and that all deserve to be treated with dignity are affirmed in speech and action.

- Collaboration : Cooperation, consultation, communication, and networking are normative for all Forum projects.

- Inclusivity : Forum relies on the diversity of gifts among its members and proactively seeks a full range of diversity in all areas of its ministry.

- Integrity : Honesty, justice, and ethical behavior are hallmarks of Forum’s work.

The FORUM Newsletter is published three times a year by The North American Forum on the Catechumenate and is available, free of charge, to all interested persons or institutions. Please address all correspondence to the address listed above.