RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which adults are initiated into the Catholic Church. The RCIA process is specifically designed for:
- Non-baptized adults who want to be initiated into the Catholic Church
- Baptized Christians who desire full communion with the Catholic Church
- Baptized but uncatechized Catholics who have not received Eucharist or Confirmation
- Any person who is interested in learning more about the faith of the Catholic Church
The RCIA is not a program. It is a journey in which adults discern and then respond to the call to be more deeply united to God in and through the Catholic Church. The RCIA has four distinct periods:
- Inquiry or Precatechumenate
This is a time for inquiry and discernment. Inquirers are invited to reflect on God's call in their life and their readiness to journey toward Baptism or Reception into the Catholic Church.
This is a time for nurturing faith and for learning about the teachings of the Church. Participants meet weekly for catechetical sessions and for breaking open the Word of God.
- Purification and Enlightenment
This is the time immediately preceding the celebration of the initiation sacraments at the Easter Vigil. This period coincides with the season of Lent and provides an opportunity to deepen one's conversion, to reflect upon God's continuing call and to celebrate special rites in preparation for the Easter sacraments.
- Mystagogy or Postbaptismal Catechesis
This is the time immediately following the reception of the Easter sacraments. During this period the new Catholics reflect more deeply on what they have experienced and how they can be more fully integrated into the life of the Church.
RCIA meets on designated Sundays from 5:15 - 6:15 PM in the Campus Ministry offices (Mary Hall #100). It is very important for those who are joining the Church to regularly attend RCIA meetings.
If you are interested in RCIA, contact Sr. Jeana Visel OSB, Faith Formation Coordinator, for more information.