Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Many people are searching for spiritual meaning and a deeper relationship with God. Often they feel drawn to the Catholic faith. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults explore the Catholic faith and ordinarily become members of the Church.

The program consists of several months of instruction in the teachings, beliefs, customs, and practices of the Catholic faith. Those who complete the process receive the sacraments, usually Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation, or a combination of those, at Easter.


  • Adults and Teens who have never been baptized.

  • Adults and Teens who have been baptized in another Christian denomination.

  • Adults and Teens who simply want to learn more about the Catholic faith (e.g. the spouse of a Catholic who wants to learn more about the Church).

  • Adults and Teens who were baptized Catholic, but never received First Communion or Confirmation.

For inquiries, email Miriam Pacheco, our Coordinator of Religious Education, at mchan@archchicago.org

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