Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which adults become members of the Catholic Church. The process includes prayer and reflection, the study of the Catholic faith and way of life, and special rites and rituals along the way.

Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church.

After a conversation with a priest or RCIA director, the person, known as an “inquirer,” may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the Parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The Parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen.

For more about Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.

What to do first

To become part of this year’s RCIA program, contact Joe Mullen with your questions and interest. Meetings are held Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Fr. O’Brien room.

RCIA contact


Joe Mullen
Director of Adult Education
570.784.0801 Ext. 4

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