Basic Information about Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

How does one become Catholic?

The Catholic Church has a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) that calls adults (and children of catechetical age) to a conversion of mind and heart and that prepares them for a full and active life in the Church as disciples of Jesus.  This ritual process is spread out over a period of time – in many cases a year or more – to help the individual to become a mature and involved Catholic Christian.  The RCIA takes place within the context of a parish community.

The following information is provided to assist parish initiation leaders in their understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

The Steps & Periods of the RCIA

Etapas y Pasos del RICA

Clarifying Terms

Clarificación de los Términos del RICA

Sorting the Fish

La Clasificación de los Pescados

Interview Questionnaire – Adults

Cuestionario de Iniciación – Adultos

Interview Questionnaire – Children

Cuestionario de Iniciación – Niños