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The process for becoming a Roman Catholic

This is not the process for those baptized Catholics who missed out on Confirmation

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


The RCIA is Primarily a Journey of Faith

From the first awareness of the stirring of faith and curiosity within one’s heart, through the various stages of asking and seeking,

  • through hearing the Gospel proclaimed and faithfully reflecting and praying on this Word
  • through an ever-growing desire to know Jesus as person
  • through study and discussion about the Catholic experience
  • through doubts and hesitation
  • through the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist) through involvement in the works of charity and justice with those already committed to a gospel lifestyle
  • to a commitment to discipleship with Jesus lived in communion with Catholics throughout the world.
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rcia_processTHE RCIA PROCESS

Conversion is a Gradual Process
  • The RCIA, as a rite, marks stages along the path to full commitment in the Catholic Church
  • The RCIA as a process, describes in broad terms what this gradual commitment means
  • The RCIA as formation, gradually opens one to the inner transformation of the individual to commitment to discipleship through the grace of a loving God inviting and challenging the individual week by week through the Sunday Scripture readings, and
  • To the gradual transformation of the person to commitment to the Body of Christ through active involvement in the local church community.
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How long does it take?

The Right of Chritian Initiation for Adults is not a program.

It is the church’s way of ministering sensitively to those who seek membership. For that reason some people will need more time than others to prepare for the lifetime commitment that comes with membership in the Catholic Church. The usual length of preparation is from one to two years. For those already baptized and who seek full communion in the Catholic Church, the time may vary.

The process of spiritual awakening/renewal and catechesis is not to be done hastily. It is best that the catechumen/candidate experience the yearly calendar of Catholic practice at least one time around in order to make an informed decision.

Anyone who is seriously considering becoming a Catholic or who would simply like more information can contact the RCIA Director, Sandy Schrader. She can be reached at 317-842-6778 ext. 240. You can also send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A person may inquire at any time. The process is continually on going.