1. I’m considering becoming a Catholic. Where do I begin?
The best place to begin is at a Catholic church near where you live.
To find a church near you, click here; it will give addresses and phone numbers of Catholic churches near you. Call the church office and ask to speak to the R.C.I.A. Director, who will set up a time to meet with you and be able to answer your questions.
2. What is R.C.I.A.?
R.C.I.A stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. R.C.I.A. is the “churchy” name for the process of becoming a Catholic. The person who leads the team that works with adults who wish to become Catholic is called the R.C.I.A. Director. At a few churches, this person is the pastor.
3. If I begin, am I obligated to become a Catholic?
No, you are welcome to “come and see.” The first phase of becoming a Catholic is called “Inquiry,” and you are welcome to inquire as long as you like before making a decision to become Catholic. It is always your choice to become a Catholic or not.
4. How long does it take to become a Catholic?
The journey of faith is different for every person, but it generally takes from one to two years. This will be discussed in more detail at your first meeting with the R.C.I.A. Director.
5. I’m already baptized in another church. Am I welcome? Will I have to be baptized again?
Yes, you are very welcome. The church recognizes almost all traditional baptisms with only a few exceptions. This will be discussed when you meet with the R.C.I.A. Director.
6. I’m divorced. Is this a problem for becoming a Catholic?
This is not a problem for becoming a Catholic, and this issue will also be discussed in more detail when you first meet with the R.C.I.A. Director.
The church does have a process in place to address previous marriages for both Catholics and non-Catholics.
7. I’m baptized Catholic, but I have not been confirmed. What should I do?
Find a Catholic church near you by using this link and call the church. Tell them you are a baptized Catholic, but need Confirmation. They will direct you to the proper person.
8. How much does it cost to become a Catholic?
Most churches charge nothing, but a few charge from $50 to $100 to defray the costs of books and a retreat. No one who is unable to pay is turned away.
9. May someone else come with me?