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Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)


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To assist parishes or individuals in the full implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults through the liturgical, catechetical, and pastoral aspects as outlined and presented through the documents of the Church.


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What is Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God's gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher. This includes an initiation into the mystery of salvation, the practice of faith, hope, and love, and other virtues in a succession of liturgical rites.

Persons baptized into another Christian church and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are also welcomed to participate along with catechumens in RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. They bring to the process of preparation their prior experience of Christian life and prayer. For a baptized Christian, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church involves reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and then a Profession of Faith followed by the celebration of Confirmation and the Eucharist. (From the USCCB website)

Questions & Answers

RCIA, A Step-by-Step Look, Rita Burns Senseman


Beginning the RCIA Process

Every parish in the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth has a Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) program available for persons seeking to learn more about their faith or to be received into "full communion" with the Church. Follow the steps below to begin the RCIA process.


Parish Finder


Step One:

Find the parish closest to your location.

Step Two:

Call the parish office and ask about their RCIA program.

Step Three:

Make an appointment to speak with the priest or RCIA director.




Marlon De La Torre, MA MEd.
Department Director for Catechesis

Melissa Loza
Administrative Assistant


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