Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - Overview

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) names the process by which interested persons gradually become members of the Catholic Church.Priest with Cross

The RCIA is primarily a journey. It begins with the first stirrings of faith and curiosity. It may culminate in a life of faith, love, service, and continued spiritual growth lived in communion with Catholics throughout the world.

The RCIA is a communal process and involves a number of stages punctuated by liturgical rites to aid and assist the potential convert toward the final rite 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 invited to proceed at a pace which suits them individually.

The RCIA process was introduced as a result of the Second Vatican Council, where a return to the ancient practice of Christian initiation was viewed as the proper form for the modern world. Prior to Vatican II, Christian initiation had evolved from the ancient practice to the form of individual private instruction with a priest. Although the private process has its merits, the Council wanted to reintroduce the community aspect of the initiation process, as well as liturgical and the other elements contained within the Rite.


As John watched Jesus walk by he said, "Look! There is the Lamb of God!"  The two disciples heard what he said, and followed Jesus.  When Jesus turned around and noticed them following him, he asked them, "What are you looking for?"  They said to him, "Rabbi, where do you stay?" "Come and see," he answered.

John 1: 36-39a


Let us walk together.  All of us are on a journey, for each day the Lord reveals Himself to us through others.  We can not love someone we do not know.  We can not freely choose a path unless we understand the consequences of our choice.  To follow Christ—to be a Christian—means we may not always be comfortable … accepted … successful in the eyes of the world.  It is a commitment—a decision we must make every day.  Come, let us begin.

The decision to enter into the Catholic Church is for each student to make. 

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