Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The rite of Christian initiation… is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts.

– RCIA, pp.1


Guidelines and Resources for RCIA Teams

In order to respond to the pastoral needs and practical questions regarding the RCIA process which have arisen since 2003, some clarifications, updates and explanations were added to the Archdiocesan RCIA Guidelines by the staff of the Secretariat for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis. Canonical review and editing was provided by the Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Rev. George S. Mukuka, J.C.L.

Please note that this document supersedes any previous guidelines or memorandums distributed since 2003.

The 2018 RCIA Guidelines are available in PDF by clicking here.

Please note: The guidelines are currently being translated into Spanish, which will be posted on our website as soon as that version is available.

Included in the RCIA Guidelines is a comprehensive list of resources for those involved in RCIA ministry. It includes primary sources, catechetical and liturgical resources, online training opportunities, and more. This list is available separately in a PDF, which can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.


Save the Date: Missio, The Faith Formation Congress!

The OEEC is pleased to announce Missio: the Faith Formation Congress of the Archdiocese of Hartford. It is open to ALL in catechetical ministry (ranging
from PCLs to RCIA coordinators, pastoral associates to youth ministers, and everyone in between!)

Missio will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Saint Paul Catholic High School in Bristol from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The theme for 2019 will be Ignite Hearts:

An essential mission in the realm of ministry is to ignite hearts for Jesus. In order to do that, we must spread the Gospel message with a joy and zeal so as to light hearts on fire. Join us for a day of inspiration, wisdom, learning, and prayer as together, we seek to ignite hearts.

Please be sure to save the date – registration is coming soon.


2018 - 2019 Events

December 1, 2018

RCIA Training Day: Rite Preparation
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pastoral Center (Bloomfield)
Cost is $10.00 - to register, click here.

Join the OEEC for a RCIA workshop focused on the upcoming Rites.

Our presenter will be Jerry Galipeau, Executive Director of Mission Integration at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Past Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer for the J.S. Paluch Company and its music and liturgy division, World Library Publication, Jerry has presented keynotes and workshops throughout the United States and Canada on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, liturgical spirituality, ritual music, evangelization and adult spiritual formation. Past chair of the Board of Directors of the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, Jerry was a frequent team member for Forum's institutes. A popular parish mission presenter and retreat leader, he earned the Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in liturgical studies from Catholic Theological Union at Chicago in 1999.

Topics will include:

  • Rite of Acceptance/Welcome
  • Rite of Sending for Election
  • Registration for the Archdiocesan
  • Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
  • The Scrutinies Celebration of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil

Whether you are new to RCIA ministry, or experienced but seeking ongoing formation, this workshop is for you! This workshop is open to all involved in RCIA ministry: RCIA coordinators, team members, or catechists; parish priests; Parish Catechetical Leaders; etc.

Lunch will be provided. Cost is $10.00, to register, click here.

Early December 2018
Registration sent out for 2019 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

February 9, 2019
RCIA Training Day: Lent & Mystagogy
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pastoral Center (Bloomfield)
Cost is $10.00 - to register, click here.

Join the OEEC for a RCIA workshop focused on Lent and Mystagogy in the context of the RCIA process.

February 19, 2019
Registration due for 2019 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

March 10, 2019
Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
3:00 p.m. (Rehearsal at 2:15 p.m.)
Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Hartford)


For more information, or if you have questions or comments, please contact:
Nicole M. Perone
Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation
860.242.5573 x2677