From 1982 through 2013, the North American Forum on the Catechumenate brought together the full variety of all those involved in this ministry: pastoral ministers, liturgists, catechists, and theologians. Those involved with Forum shared ideas and offered support for initiation and reconciliation. They collaborated with other ministries and organizations, particularly in the United States and Canada, whose mission includes critical elements of the initiation process such as evangelization, conversion, liturgy, catechesis, discipleship, justice, and mission.

The ministry of Forum was carried out principally through pastoral formation institutes/workshops conducted in collaboration with dioceses. These institutes provided parish and diocesan ministers – lay and clergy, full and part-time, volunteer and paid – with deeper understanding of the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults(RCIA) and the fundamental and advanced skills to implement all aspects of the Rite and its implications for reconciliation. These Institute leaders are among North America’s most experienced pastoral ministers, liturgists, catechists, and theologians.