The Baptism of Christ

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The letters "RCIA" stand for the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults", a document from Vatican II which guides the process by which adults are initiated into the Catholic faith. The RCIA is a process in which men and women are guided and cared for as they awaken in faith and are gradually introduced to the Catholic way of life.

Through a series of carefully planned stages marked by liturgical rites in the presence of the St. John´s community, new Catholics join in a continuing and deepening conversion into faith and discipleship. The RCIA takes the distinctive history and spiritual needs of each person into account - the baptized and the unbaptized, the catechized and the uncatechized.