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Week of September 23, 2002
Easter Vigil initiates RCIA journey
Conversion rite signals a beginning, not ending - Hofmann
By RENATO GANDIA
"As a team member, the spiritual development I see from our inquirers gives me inspiration that helps my own spiritual development.
- Ed Burchmore
"It's a life-giving experience," said the convert from the United Church. "As a team member, the spiritual development I see from our inquirers gives me inspiration that helps my own spiritual development.
" It's like a process of osmosis."
Sister Bernadene Bokenfohr came back to be involved in RCIA at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Camrose because she wants to witness how people are called to become Catholic.
"I love to journey with people who want to find out about the faith and the Church."
Convert Amelia Mio, from Mary Help of Christians Parish, wants to do the same. "Because I am a Catholic now, I want to help others to find their faith in God too."
Camrose's Dennis Shebanuk has been ministering with the RCIA since 1989, two years after he became Catholic.
He too has watched people grow through their faith. He's also watched as people endure hardships such as driving in the bad weather of Central Alberta for hours just to get to RCIA sessions.
"If people encounter bad weather, what we try to do is to have a one-on-one meeting with them just in case they missed some sessions."
As the workshop concluded, the parish teams were blessed and commissioned to do their ministry.
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