RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

We assist pastors and catechists throughout the diocese in implementing the Rite of Christian Initiation, which is the process by which people become members of the Catholic Church.


See below: RCIA paperwork has moved to an online format starting in 2022.
The combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be held in-person in 2022, with masks strongly encouraged and the ritual handshake adapted for COVID precautions:
   • Sunday, March 6, 3:00 pm, St. Luke, Erie
   • Sunday, March 13, 3:00 pm, St. Catherine of Siena, DuBois
The letter sent to pastors and RCIA leaders on 1/14/22 is available for your reference.

Pastors/RCIA Parish Leaders with catechumens/candidates:
Please complete these two forms by Friday, February 18
   1. All participating parishes complete the Parish Information Form once
   2. Each parish completes the Registration Form for each of their candidates/catechumens.

Additionally, for pastors requesting faculty to confirm:
   3. Download this PDF, fill it out, and mail it to the Chancery by February 18.
If you would like assistance with the electronic forms, please contact Faye Froess at 814.824.1210.
If you have concerns about in-person participation, the pastor is requested to contact the Bishop’s Office by 2/18.


• Text for optional Rite of Sending at your parish, which may be celebrated prior to the Rite of Election/Call to Continuing Conversion
A Declaration of Intention (optional) for use with the candidates in the parish’s Rite of Sending

If you have questions and need answers on any aspect of the Rite, let us be of help to you:

Jessie Hubert
Director of Faith Formation for Parish Support
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Or call Faye Froess, Administrative Assistant, with questions
(814) 824-1210


How To Become A Catholic Christian
If you are interested in the Catholic Church, contact a parish near you. You will be invited to meet with a group of people like yourself who are inquiring about the Catholic faith. Many of your questions will be answered, and you will feel very much at home.
What do I do next?  If you desire to continue, you will enter a period of formation and instruction called the catechumenate. You will attend the liturgy of the Word at Mass each Sunday, and over a period of time come to discover the full meaning of Catholic life and belief.

How do I enter the Church?  At the end of this time, you will celebrate the Rite of Election in which the Bishop calls you to immediate preparation for baptism.

When am I baptized? Finally you will be baptized and confirmed at the Vigil of Easter, the night proceeding Easter Sunday.

Is there more? Following your becoming a Catholic, there is a period of continued faith sharing and instruction.

What if I am a baptized non-Catholic person?  Persons coming into the Church from other faith traditions (for example, Lutheran, Presbyterian, etc.) may not require involvement in the total process described above. This depends upon a number of factors, different in every case.

Would you like to learn more? Read more here.