Becoming a Catholic - RCIA
Thank you for stopping by this part of the website to learn more about how to become a Catholic. No doubt God has already been at work in your life, drawing you closer to himself and his Church. Have a look around this page, and as you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, Patrick Conley (651.357.1340). I'd be happy to talk with you further.
Photo: The newly Baptized and Confirmed at the Great Vigil of Easter, 2014.
RCIA, which stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, is an extended period of evangelization (developing a relationship with Jesus Christ), catechesis (instruction in the faith), and spiritual formation (deepening in faith) in the Roman Catholic Church. Although it is primarily the process by which people become full members in the Roman Catholic Church, RCIA welcomes serious inquirers at all levels of knowledge, faith and intent--in other words, you do not need to feel like you're ready to become Catholic before you begin RCIA. Ultimately, though, the process culminates in the reception of one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
At the Cathedral of Saint Paul, optional biweekly pre-RCIA meetings, a program which we call Introducing Catholicism, are offered from April through August.
The formal RCIA process begins in September and ends about a month after Easter. RCIA meets Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Hayden Hall in the lower level of the Cathedral and Sundays for Mass at 10:00 a.m.
Long time before the next RCIA year? Click here for some ways to prepare for RCIA!