The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program welcomes those at UIC who would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith. 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. RCIA meets for one hour per week, beginning in September.
Who: Any interested UIC students and staff looking to learn more about the teachings of the Catholic faith.
How long does the RCIA process last?
For most people, the process lasts two semesters, starting in September and leading up to Holy Week and Easter.
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 learning more about 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.
If I’m a non-Catholic but want to attend RCIA, will I be pressured to become 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, our hope is that you will at least have a better understanding of why the Catholic Church teaches what it does.
Where can I go to learn more about RCIA?
There are many great online sources for information. We recommend starting with the USCCB‘s website.
What if I have another question?
Call us at 312-226-1880 or email Fr. Connor Danstrom.