The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.
This process of welcome and instruction in the Catholic Christian tradition was developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at the close of Vatican II in 1963 following a call for the reinstatement of the Catechumenate, the ancient tradition of initiating individuals into the Christian faith.
The RCIA is not a program but rather a journey of faith formation which is separated into two distinct components: an Inquiry Period and a Formation Period. This process usually takes about nine months of preparation. The journey is open to any adult eighteen years and older not baptized, baptized in another Christian faith tradition, or a baptized Catholic who for whatever reason did not attend Religious Education classes and has not received all the Sacraments of Initiation.
The process culminates in the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism if applicable, Confirmation, and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil liturgy whereby the participants become full members of the Catholic Church.
- Nine month preparation process
- Personal interview before the process begins
- Registration through the Parish office (a copy of the participant Birth Certificate is needed at the time of registration, as well as a copy of a Baptism certificate if applicable)