Auckland Diocese RCIA Support

Sr Sian Owen is the Diocesan Coordinator for RCIA in the Diocese. She is available to give advice and provide formation for RCIA teams.

Sr Sian can be contacted on 

RCIA Catechist Network Forum 2017

It was wonderful to see so many people gathered to explore the issue of Discernment in RCIA  and to discuss matters of diocesan concern.

As a result of this we agreed:

Rite of Election In order to honour the baptism of the candidates in 2018, as in 2017 the Book of the Elect only will be processed up for signing by Bishop Pat.  To indicate the movement from the Rite of Election to the Call to Continuing Conversion there will be a procession of a kite in which there are parish scrolls.  These scrolls contain the names of the candidates.  The Diocesan RCIA coordinator will provide the paper and ribbon for the scrolls.  The ribbon will have the name of the parish on it.  The scrolls to be placed in the kite before the powhiri and collected at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Mass of the Neophytes this is not part of the RCIA but  is encouraged by the documentation.  It does not have to be a diocesan event.  There was an agreement that despite low turnout in 2017 it was preferable that it continue as a diocesan event coordinated by the Diocese.

Diocesan Network Meetings Previously these were held in the evenings a number of times during the year.  Overwhelmingly it was requested that the current model of a Saturday be retained.

Dates for 2018


Mass of the Neophytes  Vigil Mass of the Ascension 5 pm – Saturday 12 May 2018 – Cathedral of St Patrick’s and St Joseph, 43 Wyndham St, Auckland

RCIA Network Forum 10am -3.00pm – Saturday 30 June 2018 – St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby

RCIA Practical Skills 9.00am – 5.00pm – Saturday 4 August 2018 – St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby

RCIA Through the Catholic Institute This course run through TCI involves a cost see  You need to register with them to enroll. There is an associated cost which the Diocese will arrange for a subsidy to qualifying participants. 

PM603 Rite Christian Initiation for Adults
Semester 2
Fri 6 – Sat 7 July
Fri 27 – Sat 28 July
Friday 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 4.00pm
St Columba Centre

Formation for RCIA Teams

Sr Sian is very happy to come to parishes to work with RCIA teams.  Sessions are 90 minutes long and explore a range of topics according to need.

PM203 – RCIA

This is an in-depth exploration of the process of RCIA that explores each movement and rite in depth. An NZQA registered course that contributes to the Certificate in Parish Service RCIA Catechists, it is an important formation experience that helps create a deep understanding of RCIA and its role in the Church.

Due to changes in the staff of TCI that facilitates this course it is only available in distance mode in 2017.  However, if there is enough interest it might be offered face to face later in 2017. Please register your interest with TCI.  It would require the commitment of 12 people to run.

The course fee is $100.20

For more details, see

A few shots of the Rite of Election held 5 March at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph.  With thanks to Joop de Mooy for his great eye and willingness to share.