RCIA, Sacramental Preparation and Completion
Campus Ministry provides information and formation for members of the St. Thomas community who are interested in becoming Catholic. Those interested may be from another Christian tradition, another religious tradition, or have no religious background.
Campus Ministry provides formation for members of the St. Thomas community who wish to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) in the Catholic Church. Because each person's circumstances and faith journey are unique, we try to adapt the sacramental preparation to meet the needs of each person.
For Catholics interested in receiving Confirmation or First Communion, the formation will vary based on your familiarity with the Catholic faith. Please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.
Take the First Step
For more information, please contact Fr. Lawrence Blake
Becoming Catholic at St. Thomas
Have you ever considered joining the Catholic Church? Find out about our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program for Non-Christians and Christians coming from a tradition other than Catholicism.
RCIA and Sacramental Preparation
Those interested gather weekly on Sundays during the academic year from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (before the 5:00 p.m. Mass) to pray, learn and discuss the fundamental Catholic beliefs and practices with a group.
We follow the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of prayer and discernment preparing people for initiation into the Catholic Church through the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Early in the autumn, anyone is welcome to come and learn more, no commitment is necessary. As we proceed closer to Easter, those serious about moving forward enter a period of more formal and intense formation for the sacraments.
Interested in learning more?
Submit this form and our Sacramental Coordinator will be in touch.
Were you baptized Catholic and never confirmed, or have you been away from the Church?
Depending on your situation, you may find it helpful to attend the Sunday meetings with those becoming Catholic, or you may need something different. We’ll work with you to find what works best for you given your familiarity with the Catholic tradition.
Are you a practicing Catholic who wants to get involved?
Welcoming others to our Church is a job for the whole community. You would be most welcome to help as you are able, sharing your faith, experiences, and gifts with others. It may also be an opportunity for you to grow in your Catholic faith.
RCIA Program Reflection
One of our newly baptized neophytes from the RCIA program shares a reflection on her journey toward the Sacraments of Initiation:
Jamie Hornnes, RCIA participant
When I started the RCIA program I was a bit nervous and reluctant, but it was the BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE. The staff could not have made us feel more welcome. Getting baptized and confirmed and receiving First Communion was a life-changing experience. I look forward to continuing my FAITH journey and growing in a deeper and closer relationship with God.
Our Chaplain’s Conversion Story
Our chaplain, Fr. Larry Blake, talked about his conversion to Catholicism as part of EWTN's Journey Home series.