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

Upcoming Events

Early December 2019

Registration sent out for 2020 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

January 25, 2020 (February 1 snow date)

Living the Rites

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Location: Pastoral Center (Bloomfield) 
Faciliator: Gerald Galipeau, past Vice President and Chief Publishing Officer for the J.S. Paluch Company and World Library Publications

This workshop is open to all who minister to those in the RCIA process (RCIA coordinators and team members; parish catechetical leaders; catechists; parish clergy; etc.)  

Registration coming soon!  

February 9, 2020

Registration due for 2020 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

March 1, 2020

Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

3:00 p.m.
Location: Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Hartford)

March 28, 2020

Missio: The Faith Formation Congress 

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Location: Saint Paul Catholic High School (Bristol) 

Workshops specific to RCIA and the formation of adults will be available. Group discounts will also be available - a perfect way to send your whole RCIA team! 

May 29-30, 2020

TeamRCIA: An Inter-Diocesan Event

7:00 p.m. on Friday - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday 
Location: Saint Dominic (Southington) 

This event will unite the Archdiocese of Hartford with the Dioceses of Bridgeport, Norwich, and Springfield for an enriching evening and a full-day event. Mark your calendars – more information coming soon!

2019 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion: Photos Available

Thank you to the 52 parishes who attended the 2019 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. We were pleased to welcome 280 catechumens and candidates to the Cathedral of Saint Joseph to participate in this sacred and joyful occasion with Archbishop Blair.

Please visit our photo gallery https://catholicedaohct.org/photo-gallery/rite to view photos from this event. Thank you to Aaron Joseph for photographing this day!  

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:

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.


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

Ana María G. Hernández Alstrum
Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis
(860) 242 5573 x2672