Rite of Christian Initiation Track

Providing preparation for all those involved in assisting the conversion process of newcomers to the Catholic Faith, this comprehensive training program offers the methodological, philosophical, and doctrinal topics essential to the evangelization and catechesis of those investigating and approaching membership in the Catholic Faith. Believing that the most significant factor in this process of conversion is the passing on the witness of a faith lived out, Franciscan University has committed itself to assisting in the preparation of men and women equal to the catechumenal task. While presenting a systematic doctrinal foundation coming directly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this track also includes the following: Scripture, the conversion process, liturgy, catechesis, pastoring, and the stages of the catechumenal process. Workshops on evangelism, canon law, and the catechumenate for children and adolescents will also be offered.

This Year’s Rite of Christian Initiation Track Workshops:

Catechesis Across the Four Periods of the RCIA Process
The Deposit of Faith: An Introduction to the Catechism
The Suitable and Complete Delivery of the Deposit of Faith
Pastoring from the Rite of Election through the Neophyte Year
Wielding the RCIA Rites Book Effectively
How to Incorporate the Minor Rites and Liturgical Prayer Experiences
Training Godparents and Sponsors

Track Presenters

Patty Norris, Track Coordinator, is the Director of Religious Education at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Milford, OH. Involved in adult formation for many years, she specializes in the RCIA process as a speaker and seminar director for the Association for Catechumenal Ministries (ACM). She is a regular contributor to the Sower Review and through her column, “Practically Speaking: Notes from the Parish,” addresses the reality of parish life and catechetical leadership. With her husband Gary, she coordinates the RCIA Track at the St. John Bosco Conference.


Gary Norris, Track Coordinator, has led RCIA teams for the past 25 years in the Archdiocese of Denver, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He studied theology and catechetics at the Maryvale Institute and has certification in RCIA from the St. John Bosco Conference. Gary is a currently the Chairman of the Association of Catechumenal Ministry, and serves ACM as a presenter for team training and catechist training. Gary works with his wife Patty together coordinating the St. John Bosco RCIA track for the past 10 years. They have 6 children and 11 grandchildren. He will be presenting at the St. John Bosco Conference.


Scott Sollom is an assistant professor of theology at Franciscan University. He has conducted RCIA training workshops around the country and the world, including presentations with the Association for Catechumenal Ministry and Symbolon. He previously served as a DRE in Stillwater, Minnesota, and College Station, Texas, as well as a youth minister in Hudson, Wisconsin. Scott and his wife, Mary, have five children. He will be presenting at the St. John Bosco Conference.


Dr. Petroc Willey is married to Katherine, has four children, and is a consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization in Rome. He is professor of theology (catechetics) at Franciscan University and reader in the new evangelization at the School of the Annunciation in England. Before moving to Franciscan University, he worked in Catholic higher education in Oxford and Birmingham for almost 30 years. Dr. Willey gained his first degree in theology from King’s College London and an STL from Maynooth, Ireland. He also has doctorates in philosophy from Liverpool University and the Lateran Pontifical University. A well-known speaker on catechetics and evangelization, Dr. Willey edited the catechetical journal The Sower from 1992-2013 and hosted the EWTN series Handing on the Faith. He will be speaking at the St. John Bosco Conference.