The Cohort Experience

This module of the Catechumenate is a three-month communal journey of formation into Christ. Imagine it as a kind of “discipleship intensive”, a “bootcamp” for Christoformity. The Winter 2019 Cohort begins in mid-January and ends in mid-April (Holy Week). It is open to anyone interested in learning to live all of life in reference to Christ. To participate you must apply no later than December 16 and be able to attend the Catechumenate Retreat in January as well as the half-day retreat to end the cohort in April (Saturday, April 13th). The Catechumenate has a limit of 10 people. Priority is given based on application date (i.e apply now!).

Theme of the Winter 2019 Cohort: Virtues & Vices – Discarding the old self, being clothed in the character of Christ

In this cohort module, our focus will be cultivating virtue and addressing the patterns of sin that inhibit our life in Christ (vices). Historically, the Church has emphasized 7 virtues (three theological virtues – faith, hope, love; four capital virtues – prudence, temperance, justice, courage) and 7 capital sins (envy, vainglory, sloth, avarice, anger, gluttony, lust). We will be exploring these one week at a time from a practice-based approach. We are committed to growing in virtue, not merely talking about virtue.

Foundational Scripture Passage: For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:21-24

Components of the Catechumenate Experience:

  • Retreats (1.5-day beginning; ½ day ending)
  • Weekly cohort gathering (meal, sharing, prayer)
  • Dyad/Triad relationships (for prayer, accountability, support)
  • Other Activities (a full engagement of the church life):
    • Weekly Catechesis (9:00-9:45am Sundays)
    • Weekly Worship (10:00-11:30am Sundays)
    • Involvement in the congregation: serving, giving

Dates to be aware of:

  • Sunday, December 2nd, 2018: After Church Catechumenate Q & A Meeting
  • Sunday, December 16, 2018: Application due for Catechumenate
  • Friday, Jan 18 – Saturday, Jan 19, 2018: Catechumenate Retreat (Necessary to be part of Catechumenate)
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019: Final ½ day retreat for cohort (Necessary to be part of the Catechumenate)
  • Weekly Meeting (January 22nd – April 9th): Tuesday Evenings (dinner, sharing/discussion, prayer)

Full Catechumenate Information – Introduction, background, Q&A (5 pages – printable)

Deadline to apply to participate in 2019:

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Catechumenate Application

(click link above)

For more information or to ask specific questions not addressed in the information sheet, please email Elizabeth@eucharistSF.org

Catechumenate Retreat:

Friday, January 18 (afternoon) – Saturday (evening), January 19, 2018

Location: TBA

Cost: $200 per person

Note that this is the only out of pocket cost for doing the Catechumenate. Installment payment plans are possible and/or scholarships can be made available upon request. We don’t want to exclude anyone from participation due to cost.

Eucharist Church is a congregation in San Francisco connecting ancient forms of worship and classic Christian faith to the lives of 21st-century people.