Diocesan Christian Initiation Forum

Diocesan Christian Initiation Forum

The Second Vatican Council prescribed the revision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) placing initiation at the heart of the Church’s life and, therefore, at the heart of parish life. The baptised are commissioned to proclaim the Good News and make disciples; to live in the world as Christ and to help those who seek meaning to know Jesus. Long before Pope Francis, the RCIA imagined the Catholic parish as a community of missionary disciples whose way of life revealed Jesus through its commitment to communion and mission. Indeed, in the initial excitement about the revised RCIA, the thinking and reflecting Church could not imagine a parish without a vibrant RCIA.

In the Church of Maitland-Newcastle, the ministry of Christian Initiation – which includes RCIA and Sacraments of Initiation for Children – finds its home with the Diocesan Liturgy Council (DLC) and Office. The Christian Initiation Forum has been established by the DLC to shepherd this ministry according to the vision, principles and process of the RCIA.

The Forum operates according to its Mandate and currently has the following members:


  • Amber Carter
  • Mary-Anne de Luca
  • Fiona Duque
  • Nicola Graham
  • Rose McAllister
  • Ellen Morgan
  • Renata Rozenfeld
  • Louise Gannon rsj (Convener)