How does one become Catholic?

The Catholic Church has a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) that calls adults (and children of catechetical age) to a conversion of mind and heart and that prepares them for a full and active life in the Church as disciples of Jesus.  This ritual process is spread out over a period of time – in many cases a year or more – to help the individual to become a mature and involved Catholic Christian.  The RCIA takes place within the context of a parish community. Contact a parish near you to learn more about this process. Click here for our parish locator.

Revised Diocesan RCIA Norms – Memo

Diocesan RCIA Norms – ENGLISH  (Revised July 8, 2018)

Diocesan RCIA Norms – ESPANOL  (Revised July 8, 2018)

Confirmation: When Does a Priest Need Delegation from the Bishop? (English pdf)


The following information is provided to assist parish initiation leaders in their understanding of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

The Steps & Periods of the RCIA

Etapas y Pasos del RICA

Clarifying Terms

Clarificación de los Términos del RICA

Sorting the Fish

La Clasificación de los Pescados

Interview Questionnaire – Adults

Cuestionario de Iniciación – Adultos

Interview Questionnaire – Children

Cuestionario de Iniciación – Niños