Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and the way of life. Children who were not baptized as infants are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite, sometimes referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).

The RCIA is a communal process and involves a number of stages punctuated by liturgical rites to aid and assist the potential convert toward the final rite, usually at the Easter Vigil, at which time they will become full members of the Catholic Church. The entire process takes several months, (ideally a minimum of one complete liturgical year), but participants are generally invited to proceed at a pace which suits them individually. The Church prefers to call this the process and not a program.

A catechumen is a person who has never received baptism. A candidate is a person who was already baptized. The Catholic Church acknowledges other Christian baptisms as long as the Trinitarian formula "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" and flowing water was used.

-Cited from Wikipedia

For additional information on participating in RCIA please contact:

Rev. Robert Rottgers
Phone: 859.441.8949
Email: rrottgers@stphilipky.org

Classes normally begin in September.