Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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Becoming Catholic

The RCIA program welcomes those at the university who would like to learn more about the teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith.  Through small group meetings the program will engage the group on all aspects of our Faith.

RCIA is an acronym for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

There is no commitment by participating in the RCIA program.  However, after you have experienced it and if you feel called to join The Church through Holy Baptism or Holy Confirmation, you’ll be welcomed into the Catholic Community at Easter.

The program will meet for one hour per week, beginning in September.

When: Mondays at 6:30pm

Where: Newman Center Conference Room

Who: Any interested students and staff looking to deepen their faith through the Catholic Church.

How long does the RCIA process last?
For most people, the process lasts two semesters, leading up to Holy Week and Easter.

How do I register?
We don’t have a formal registration process, but we do ask that you call or email our pastor, Fr. Connor Danstrom. Setting up an initial meeting with him is the first step.

What if I have a scheduling conflict the time of the meetings?
No problem!  We’ll work with you to find a solution.  We don’t want this to be the only obstacle between you and the Catholic Faith!

Who should attend the classes?
RCIA is for:

1. Adults who want to be baptized.

2. Baptized Christians of other faith traditions who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or becoming Catholic.

3. Baptized Catholics who have not yet received their first Communion or Confirmation.

4. Any Catholic looking to deepen his/her knowledge of the Catholic Faith.

Can non-students join the program?
Yes. From time to time we do have adults who are not students; however, the class is primarily geared toward students. If you would prefer a different format, we can direct you to an appropriate parish nearby.

Are you high-pressure about becoming Catholic? 
Not at all. We simply want to assist you in discerning God’s will for your life at this time through prayer, answering questions, and discussion. We are merely here to help in whatever way we can.

What if I don’t believe the Teachings of the Catholic Church?
We understand that many people do not agree with the Catholic Church on many topics.  Don’t let this hold you back!  We welcome all students and will eloquently address the topics on your mind.  From the theological teachings of our Faith to the teachings on social and human rights issues, we’re sure you will at least have a better understanding of why the Catholic Church teaches what it does through our RCIA program.

Where can I go to learn more about RCIA?
There are many great online sources for information.  We recommend starting with the USCCBClick here to be directed to their site.

What if I have another question?
Call us at 312-226-1880 or email Fr. Connor Danstrom.

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