Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Committee Chairs:

Maureen Fullam

Meeting Times:

Begins in September

During Lockdown: RCIA immediately moved to Zoom. We continued facilitating and supporting the RCIA Group’s drawing closer to Christ, the experience of Christian community and helped them prepare to become Catholic through reception of the Sacraments.

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. RCIA is an adult formation process for those becoming Catholic. The process enriches their spiritual lives and supports and encourages service in the community.

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.

Interested in becoming Catholic?

Call 212-288-3588 or email us.