How to become a member of the Roman Catholic Church.
RCIA is primarily a journey of faith. It is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation in the church. It is focused on conversion, whereby the candidates enter into an extended period of formation and conversion through prayer and reflection on the Gospels. It is also a communal journey in which the church community ritually celebrates conversion at various points during the journey. The RCIA is not a program but a sacramental process in which candidates are fully initiated into the Catholic faith.
The implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is addressed to the following groups:
- Unbaptized Adult Converts
- Unbaptized Children of Catechetical Age
- Baptized but Uncatechized Adults and Children of Catechetical Age (Catholic or Non-Catholic) Preparing for Confirmation and Eucharist
- Baptized Christian (Non-Catholic) Candidates for Reception in the Full Communion of the Catholic Church
The web site listed below is from Team RCIA. It contains three simple ways to welcome a candidate who comes in the middle of the year and has to wait until September to begin the RCIA process. Please take time to review this short video and implement it where possible.
What is the first step?
Anyone who is seriously thinking about becoming a Roman Catholic-Christian or who would simply like more information can call their parish office for more information.
Those living in the Lafayette Diocese may also contact John Schexnaildre, RCIA Consultant at the Diocesan Office of Christian Formation at 337-261-5565 or 337-654-9671.
View a list of Mr. Schexnaildre's consulting services.