Faith Formation > RCIA

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. The Catholic RCIA stages are a good model of basic faith development. Through it Candidates and Catechumens are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.

RCIA is for three groups of people:
Those who are not baptized.
Those who were baptized into another Christian denomination and wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Baptized Catholics who were never formed in the Catholic faith and have not completed their initiation; that is, who have received neither of the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

The RCIA is a communal process and involves a number of stages within the liturgical rites of the church, to aid and assist the potential convert toward the final rite, usually at the Easter Vigil at which time they will become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. The entire process takes several months, but participants are generally invited to proceed at a pace which suits them individually. The Church prefers to call this the process and not a program.

Contact: Deacon Dennis Bennin, 920-849-9363