R.C.I.A., or the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the process by which individuals are welcomed into the Catholic Church. The process is a journey of faith which allows you to explore the Catholic Church, go deeper into understanding yourself and God, and be formed in faith by reflecting on God’s Word, and the Catholic community’s life, liturgy and beliefs. This formation process culminates in full membership in the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. There are generally three categories of people who participate in the RCIA process:
- Those who have never been baptized
- Those who have been baptized in a Protestant Church (example: Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, etc.)
- Those who have been baptized in the Catholic Church but never received Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
Students who have been baptized and received communion in the Catholic Church but not confirmed are welcome to participate in our Confirmation program.
The RCIA process at RIT begins in September. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 8-9 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Center for Religious Life, beginning September 27, 2017. If you have questions about finding out more about the Catholic Church, the RCIA process or becoming Catholic, please contact Alice Miller Nation.