RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The RCIA program is especially designed for the following people:

  • Not baptized but interested in learning about baptism
  • Baptized in another faith, but interested in the Catholic Church
  • Baptized Catholic but missed out on religious instruction and the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation
  • Or, if simply, you or anyone you know is interested in examining your faith life, baptism, prayer or the Catholic Church, then this is for you.

Confirmation sponsors must have specific qualifications and submit this form.

For more information, please either submit an RCIA Inquiry form or contact Laura Martin-Spencer at LMartinSpencer@sandiego.edu or (619) 574-5703.

Period of Inquiry
This is a time to share our stories and examine their meaning. It is also a time to begin hearing the stories of the Gospel. Participants ask questions about Jesus and about the Church.

Rite of Acceptance and Rite of Welcome
This is a first welcome into the community and moves a person into the Period of the Catechumenate.

This is a time to deepen faith and conversion within the church community. It is a time to learn more about the Bible, Church teachings, worship, Sacraments, morality and service. This period may last anywhere between 8 months to 2 years, depending on the needs of the individual.

Rite of Election
When a Catechumen is ready for initiation, they prepare for the Easter Vigil by first celebrating this Rite of Election on the first Sunday of Lent. They are brought to the Bishop for a blessing.

The Period of Purification and Enlightenment
During the season of Lent, the Elect spend time in prayer and self-examination as they prepare for initiation at the Easter Vigil.

Easter Vigil
Initiation through Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Eucharist.

During the Easter Season, up until Pentecost, the newly baptized, called Neophytes, spend time understanding the sacramental life with an emphasis on the gospel, Eucharist and works of charity.