Principles of the Catechumenal Process
1) Storytelling. Each person, whether a bishop or a new Christian, has experienced God acting in his or her life. Telling those stories connects the biblical narrative with our individual lives.
2) Questions. Both our gospel reading and the secular world present us with questions. We discuss the experiences that have elicited our queries during that week and try to answer them. Our agenda almost always can be put aside in order to answer the questions troubling people's hearts and minds.
3) Community of faith. The catechumenal process does not operate in a vacuum. Often the group becomes a community, but the greater faith community is always present. The candidates are sponsored by church members willing to mentor a searching person on a spiritual journey. The whole congregation participates in the mandatory rites.
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