Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Introduction to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, 1).
According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism."
Catechumens are people who have not been baptized and are seeking to enter the Catholic Church through all of the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates are people who have already been baptized in a Christian tradition recognized by the Catholic Church, but are seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
For more information or to learn more about the Catholic faith, you may wish to visit the websites below by clicking on the images or, call a nearby parish and ask to speak with the pastor or the person who coordinates the RCIA program.
RCIA Fall Events:
Fall Gatherings: These gatherings offer our RCIA ministers a time to come together for prayer and a meal, to share parish and diocesan RCIA activities and experiences, and to review new resources. They are a time for building community and collaboration with one another.
Fall Formation Sessions: These sessions seek to provide our RCIA ministers with an opportunity to come together to study and discuss the theory and practice of RCIA ministry. We’ll be drawing on the Church’s RCIA text and other resources in our work together. These sessions are a time to strengthen our ministers’ knowledge of the RCIA process, and to build up RCIA ministry in our diocese.
If you are an RCIA director and need handouts of RCIA session plans included in ACM publications, including the Leaders' Manual, Catechist Manual, and Participant's Book, please contact Camille. Discount rates available for ACM resources published by LTP through the Office of RCIA.