Sacramental Preparation, called the Rite of Christian Initiative of Adults (RCIA), enables an individual to grow in faith while becoming a full member of the Catholic Church. University Ministry offers a full range of Sacramental Preparation options, including Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
Those desiring Baptism, as well as Christians from other denominations who are already baptized but who wish to become members of the Catholic Church, are invited to participate in RCIA.
Those baptized Catholic, but uneducated in the faith are also invited to RCIA in order to prepare to receive the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Those active in their faith and who wish to prepare for Confirmation are invited to participate in a portion of the RCIA process. The Sacrament of Confirmation is offered each year during the Easter season.
The RCIA and Confirmation programs are designed not only to prepare participants for the Sacraments but to help them develop a deeper relationship with God. The process includes retreats, service projects, and opportunities for one-on-one discernment meetings with the RCIA Director.
Each participant is asked to select a sponsor who provides guidance and support during the preparation process as well as the encouragement to continue to grow in faith afterward.
The RCIA process and Confirmation Faith Formation program at USD are specifically designed for USD students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in any of the above options, please contact Andrew McMillin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 260-6818.