Becoming Catholic (RCIA)
Initiation into the Christian life as a Roman Catholic involves initial conversion to Christ and acceptance into the Church through a parish. The process toward initiation of unbaptized people involves getting to know Jesus Christ and the Catholic Tradition though sharing life in a Catholic parish. It is not simply a course of study or a series of tasks to complete. This process of sacramental formation called "the catechumenate" shapes both the individual and the whole parish as all grow to know, love, and serve Christ more consciously, actively, and fully practice the Catholic faith throughout their whole lives.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) guides the formation, learning, and ritual prayers with and for those seeking initiation. The RCIA includes adaptations for unbaptized children over the age of 7 and for anyone over the age of 7 who was validly baptized Christian outside of the Catholic Church and now desires to be welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Interested in learning more about the process of becoming Catholic? Contact a parish near you to begin a conversation.
For Parish Leaders
- Sacrament Formation Decision Tree (Dec 2021)
- Adult's Sacrament Formation Paths by Baptismal Status (October 2023)
- Intake Questionnaire/Inquirer Information Sheet-Adults (Revised Dec. 2021)
- RCIA Intake Questionnaire/Inquirer Information Sheet-Child/Teen (Revised Dec. 2021)
- Child's Sacrament Formation Paths by Baptismal Status (January 2024)
- Diocesan Godparent/Sacramental Sponsor Verification Form (October 2023) in English or Spanish
Resources for Use in Guiding the Initiation Process
Learning with Experienced Leaders
- Sponsors and Godparents in initiation process (TeamRCIA)
- How to form seekers when you have no resources (TeamRCIA)
- What are we doing at the Rite of Election? (TeamRCIA)
- Five inquiry discernment questions (TeamRCIA)
- How to discern if children/youth are ready for catechumenate (Sept 2020)
- The Process of Discernment (Archdiocese of Atlanta)
- Discerning readiness for Rite of Acceptance or Rite of Election (TeamRCIA)
- Discernment Interview Prior to Rite of Election or Call to Continuing Conversion (Diocese of Lacrosse)
- Doing discernments in the RCIA (Association of Catechumenal Ministry)