The North American Forum on the Catechumenate (Forum) was an international network of pastoral ministers, liturgists, catechists, and theologians united to share the vision and practice of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.


The Mission of The North American Forum on the Catechumenate was the full implementation in all parishes of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and its implications for reconciliation.


The Mission of Forum was grounded in a theology based on the experience of
~ God’s gracious initiative
~ the paschal mystery of death and resurrection in Jesus Christ
~ the prophetic power of word and sacrament
~ the shared life and wisdom of the people of God, graced and sinful
~ listening to the voice of the poor and oppressed
~ conversion to the freedom of disciples
~ working for justice and peace for the world


To remain faithful to the vision of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Forum adhered to these principles:
1. Initiation begins with evangelization leading to conversion.
2. Catechesis, community, liturgy, and mission are formative.
3. All cultural gifts are to be honored and celebrated.
4. The methods of theological reflection are pastoral.
5. The processes of adult learning are normative.


Forum’s operations, behaviors, attitudes, and actions exhibited these traits:
1. Excellence: The highest levels of competence, creativity, and professionalism were strived for at all times.
2. Stewardship: Human, material, environmental, and financial resources were administered with responsibility and accountability.
3. Respect: The precepts that all life is sacred, that each human being is unique, and that all deserve to be treated with dignity were affirmed in speech and action.
4. Collaboration: Cooperation, consultation, communication, and networking were normative for all Forum projects.
5. Inclusivity: Forum relied on the diversity of gifts among its members and proactively sought a full range of diversity in all areas of its ministry.
6. Integrity: Honesty, justice, and ethical behavior were hallmarks of Forum’s work.