Becoming a Catholic: The History and Practice of Initiation

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Lectures (4 CDs)
Length: 5 hrs
The Catholic University of America
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

Becoming a Catholic: The History and Practice of Initiation

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Lectures (4 CDs)
Length: 5 hrs
The Catholic University of America
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

What does it truly mean to enter the Church as a disciple of Jesus Christ?

This course gives you a fascinating understanding of initiation into the Catholic Church. Rev. Michael Witczak, an expert in liturgical history and the sacraments, will lead you through the scriptural origins, historical context, and practice of initiation rites.

Lifelong Catholics and those new to the Church will cherish this course alike. Designed for anyone involved with Catholic adult initiation or infant baptism, it is a perfect resource for pastors, parishes, initiates, family members, and sponsors. We especially recommend it for your parish’s RCIA participants and sponsors.

As you gain a fuller understanding of the sacraments and liturgy, you will be inspired by the powerful presence of Chris

What does it truly mean to enter the Church as a disciple of Jesus Christ?

This course gives you a fascinating understanding of initiation into the Catholic Church. Rev. Michael Witczak, an expert in liturgical history and the sacraments, will lead you through the scriptural origins, historical context, and practice of initiation rites.

Lifelong Catholics and those new to the Church will cherish this course alike. Designed for anyone involved with Catholic adult initiation or infant baptism, it is a perfect resource for pastors, parishes, initiates, family members, and sponsors. We especially recommend it for your parish’s RCIA participants and sponsors.

As you gain a fuller understanding of the sacraments and liturgy, you will be inspired by the powerful presence of Christ in the Church. First, you will explore the scriptural origins of the ritual for bringing someone into the Church. Secondly, you will look at the early Church, seeing how three sacraments emerged from the original ritual unity: baptism, confirmation, and first Eucharist. Finally, you will carefully examine the ways we currently celebrate these sacraments, deepening your understanding of the Church’s practices.

As you move through this course, you will plumb the depths of the personal journey to Christ in the Church. What does it mean to encounter the living Lord? How does one participate in God’s gift of life?

You will discover the answers to these questions and many more. Through these lectures, you will gain deep insights into the Church and its sacred rituals.

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Rev. Michael G. Witczak, M.Div., S.L.D., is an expert in liturgical history and the sacraments. A pastor and scholar, he is Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He earned his B.A. at St. Francis de Sales College, and his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. After his ordination in 1977, he served for three years as a parochial vicar and then returned to studies, earning the Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy (S.L.L.) and the Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy (S.L.D.) at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute at the Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm in Rome. A priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Rev. Witczak taught at St. Francis Seminary (now St. Francis de Sales Seminary) in that city from 1983 until 2007, when he joined the faculty at CUA.

His teaching focuses on sacramental liturgy, including the sacrament of initiation, as well as the funeral rites and the role of the saints in the calendar of Catholic worship. He has published The Sacrament of Baptism (Lex Orandi Series, Liturgical Press) and articles in journals including Ecclesia Orans, Theological Studies, Ministry and Liturgy, and Liturgical Ministry. Rev. Witczak is a presenter on various liturgical topics both in the D.C. area and nationally. He received the Archbishop’s Vatican II Award for Service to Liturgy in 2001 and the Salesianum Alumni Association Sal Terrae Award in 2008.

 

Praise for Michael Witczak

 

“Michael Witczak is one of the most respected Catholic liturgical theologians alive… He has literally written the book on baptism. Listeners will appreciate the organization of his thought, the depth of his knowledge, and the clarity of his delivery.”
– Rev. Paul Turner

 

“A meticulous scholar with an international reputation, Michael Witczak distills and explains complex issues about the liturgy thoroughly, carefully and with present day applications. His scholarship is impeccable.”
– Rev. Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin, The Catholic University of America

 

“Mike Witczak’s breadth of historical knowledge, depth of insight, and passion for liturgy and sacrament, combine to make him one of the most consistently wise, well-grounded, and illuminating teachers of liturgy in America today.”

– Rita Ferrone, editor, The Yale ISM Review

 

“Fr. Michael Witczak is an internationally recognized expert in liturgical studies, specializing in the historical development of forms of worship…. His presentations are marked by clarity, balance and practicality, gleaning the worship of the past for insights into worship today.”

– Fr. Jan Michael Joncas, University of St. Thomas

 

“Father Michael Witczak is one of our foremost liturgical scholars. His vast pastoral, teaching and scholarly experience has well prepared him to speak authoritatively on sickness, dying and death. His thoughts are invaluable on this critical subject.”

– Fr. John F. Baldovin, S.J.

 

“Always pastorally practical in his teaching and thoroughly in touch with the theological and liturgical treasury of caring for the sick, the dying, death, and the bereaved, Michael Witczak brings an unequaled sensitivity to the personal needs of real life in face of these mysteries.”

– H. Richard Rutherford, C.S.C., Author, Death of a Christian: The Order of Christian Funerals

 

  • Introduction: Entering the Life of Christ
  • Initiation in the New Testament
  • Initiation Before the Peace of the Church
  • Initiation in the “Golden Era”: The 4th and 5th Centuries
  • Initiation in the Middle Ages
  • Reformation and Response
  • Vatican II and the Reform of the Liturgy
  • Adult Initiation, Part I: Becoming a Catechumen
  • Adult Initiation, Part II: Catechumenate and Rite of Election
  • Adult Initiation, Part III: Lent, the Easter Vigil, and Beyond
  • The Rite of Baptism for Children
  • Rite of Confirmation

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