Campus Ministry

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA Group at St. AedansWhat is it?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the way by which people become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. Full membership requires a total formation which culminates in the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. RCIA is a faith journey in which a person is introduced to the community, beliefs, liturgy, and apostolic work of the Catholic Church.

Who is it for?

RCIA is designed for those seeking Baptism, baptized Christians from other denominations seeking membership in the Catholic Church, and for baptized Catholics who are seeking the sacraments of Eucharist, Confirmation, or both, thus completing their initiation sacraments.

RCIA Confirmation of Ryan Chuigo

RCIA Confirmation of Ryan Chuigo, April 2013

What is the process?

The purpose of any program of Christian Initiation is to allow people the opportunity to deepen their encounter with Christ and the Catholic community.

We invite those participating in the RCIA Journey of Faith Program at Saint Peter’s University to gather weekly from the end of September until the celebration of Sacraments sometime in the Easter Season second semester. The weekly gathering time is determined by the group based on all members’ schedules. The topics discussed each week will focus mainly on the major tenets of faith and beliefs of the Catholic Church, liturgy, sacraments, and prayer. Although a book is used for the program, the purpose of the weekly meetings is to share and grow in faith and to develop a deeper sense of Catholic Christian prayer and spirituality. There are no tests or papers but a real insistence by the RCIA facilitators that those in the program stay connected to the group weekly. Much like the first followers of Jesus, the participants of the Saint Peter’s University RCIA Journey of Faith Program form a community of young adults helping one another discover and celebrate the richness of life as members of the Roman Catholic Church.

To sign-up for RCIA, contact Jason Downer, S.J.

RCIA Alberto Bodden Baptism April 2013

The baptism of Alberto Bodden, April 2013