Rita Burns Senseman is a catechist who specializes in the Christian initiation of young people. She is a freelance writer who has written numerous articles and books on various aspects of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, including A Child's Journey: The Christian Initiation of Children (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1998). She is a team member for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate and former associate director of the Office of Catechetics/Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Detroit. She has also held various parish religious education positions. She holds a master of arts degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame and is a wife and mother of three adolescent daughters.