The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey through distinct spiritual phases of increasing maturity whereby one prepares to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church through seeking the sacraments of initiation
(Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist/First Holy Communion).
What is the RCIA journey?
- Any Unbaptized person seeking to follow Christ in His Church by way of making preparations for Christian discipleship through Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist/First Holy Communion. Such a person, after a period of inquiry into the faith and initial conversion to Christ is called a Catechumen.
- Any Baptized person from another Christian community seeking to become Catholic through making preparations for Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Such a person, after a period of inquiry into the faith, is called a Candidate.
- Any Baptized Catholic looking to increase their devotion as a disciple of Jesus Christ through completing the other sacraments of initiation (Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion).
Catechesis for adults preparing for Confirmation follows the pattern recommended in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
(National Directory for Catechesis, USCCB 2005, p.122)
What should RCIA look like?
The rite of initiation is…a spiritual journey…that varies according to the many forms of God’s grace and the free cooperation of the individuals (RCIA, Introduction #5).
This journey includes not only the periods for making inquiry and for maturing, but also the steps marking…progress, as they pass…or ascend to the next level (RCIA, Introduction #6).
What's the FIRST step?
- Contact Robin Harris to schedule a personal appointment and discussion of your inquiry. Please complete and bring this form to your scheduled appointment: RCIA Inquirer's Form
- Please remember this is a process and there is no commitment to be made until you are ready to make a Profession of Faith. There are several steps in the process, so the only commitment you make initially is to take the First Step and Inquire.
We look forward to hearing from you!