At Newman, we have two distinct ministries that assist a person in undertaking the journey toward becoming a Catholic Christian: the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Preparation for Confirmation of Adult Catholics

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a restored process in the Roman Catholic Church that prepares unbaptized adults for membership in the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. RCIA is such a rich process that it is adapted to include people already baptized into another Christian denomination who wish to become Catholics. 

RCIA is the normative process by which non-Catholic individuals are welcomed into the life of the Catholic Church and consists of a series of stages of preparation, discernment, and accompanying steps (called “Rites”) that take place over a period ranging from a few months to a few years, depending on the individual’s spiritual journey toward Jesus Christ. Properly engaged, this process leads individuals toward a profound personal relationship with Jesus Christ through spiritual, intellectual, moral, and community formation. The RCIA process is ideal for anyone who has never been baptized, as well as for those baptized Christians who seek to enter full communion with the Catholic Church, but who may need a bit of a practical review of what it means to be a Christian.


If you are interested in sacramental preparation to become a fully-initiated member of the Catholic church, please contact Kathy Cole at [email protected].