Becoming Catholic

Would you like to become Catholic?

Were you baptized as a Roman Catholic and never received First Communion or Confirmation?

Do you have a friend or family member who may be interested in inquiring into Catholic faith?

For further information please email [email protected] or call the Parish House at or call at 212-288-3588

We have the privilege at St. Ignatius of welcoming many guests and visitors. We especially welcome those who may be thinking about becoming Catholic.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the ordinary way the Church reaches out to adults who inquire into the Catholic faith. Since the beginning of the Church, adults have been welcomed into the Church through baptism after a period of instruction, prayer, and reflection. We at St. Ignatius Loyola are continuing this tradition. 

If you feel drawn to the Catholic faith, we invite you to join us! Participants inquire into the Catholic faith, come to know Jesus through the Gospels, pray and prepare for the Easter Sacraments. This process is also open to Catholic adults who have not received the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults includes formation, prayer and liturgical rites and is a vital part of the parish and the universal Church. There are several stages in the process and each phase recognizes that every Christian life is, in fact, a journey.

Although the conversion journey begins formally when the RCIA inquirers and the parish team first begin meeting, the real conversion journey starts much earlier in people’s hearts. God calls all of us by name. The appeal of Christ’s fundamental message is ongoing and is experienced by a diverse group.

After high school, art school exposed me to all variety of contemporary secular thought and I drank it in. Soon it was the 90s when the so-called New Atheists were on the rise. I read all of their books as fast as I could get them. I also read books of scripture scholarship in order to prepare myself to debate believers. Once in a while, though, an undeniable beauty would glimmer from these readings, momentarily piercing my certainty. I saw only later that Christ was always quietly but tenaciously holding my attention.

There was no shattering event or obvious turning point, though there were a number of shining influences – individuals, ideas, texts – along the way. The materialist philosophy that I had been touting for my entire adult life gradually began to feel inadequate and superficial. Then there were, here and there, fleeting moments of wonder, of a sudden staggering awareness of the immeasurable, inexplicable gratuitousness of being. Four years ago, I was baptized here at St Ignatius Loyola, followed two years later by my wife, and just months after that by our two daughters.

Philip Lauer