Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA Students waiting to receive sacraments
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“The rite of initiation is… a spiritual journey…which varies according to the many forms of God’s grace and the free cooperation of individuals.”

-(RCIA, Introduction #5).

Rito de Iniciación Cristiana de los Adultos

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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey through different spiritual phases of increasing maturity by which one prepares to commit oneself to Jesus Christ and His Church through the search for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist)

The RCIA is for:

  • Any unbaptized person who seeks to follow Christ in his Church as preparation for Christian discipleship through baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist. Such a person, after a period of research on faith and initial conversion to Christ is called: Catechumen.
  • Anyone baptized from another Christian community seeking to be Catholic through preparation for Confirmation and Communion. Such a person, after a period of research on faith, is called a Candidate.
  • Any baptized Catholic who seeks to increase his devotion as a disciple of Jesus Christ through the realization of the other sacraments of initiation such as Confirmation and Communion.


These guidelines define the contents of the liturgical law on this matter, and the expectations of the universal and local Church.

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For further information on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program, please contact the Office for Worship at 213-637-7262.


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