Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is a journey that women and men take who are interested in becoming a full member of the Catholic faith community. Rooted in the ancient practices of the Christian Church, RCIA invites participants to explore and discern more deeply the Gospel and life of faith through prayer, discussion, and worship.

Do you know someone who is thinking about becoming a Catholic Christian?

Please invite him/her to one of the information sessions hosted by Campus Ministry to learn how one becomes a member of the Catholic Church. Each session will offer the opportunity to discover the process known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The sessions will be held:

  • September 18th at 11:00 a.m. in the ASC 340 (Hearth Room)
  • September 21st at 12:00 p.m. in the Koch Fireside Room

The RCIA process at St. Thomas is open to all undergraduate students. For more information, please contact Christine Griffith, Coordinator of the RCIA program.

As a practicing Catholic, how can I help in the RCIA process?

The short answer is to share your faith and to welcome others! Members of a welcoming community take seriously their call to share the message of salvation and in the process, the entire community experiences a renewal of faith as it prepares and welcomes new members into the Church. Let us give thanks to God as he continuously strengthens each of us who seek to do his will in offering a gentle, humble, and clear welcome to the Catholic faith. “Go out into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15).


Click below to read a reflection on the RCIA program written by Jamie Hornnes.
RCIA Reflection - Jamie Hornnes


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