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
2020 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
We heartily encourage all parishes, especially those who have a catechumen or candidate, to attend this important event. This sacred celebration is very meaningful to the catechumens and candidates who attend, and so it is always a kind gesture to have the visible support of their local church community present at the Cathedral.
When is the Combined Rite?
The Combined Rite will take place on the First Sunday of Lent: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph (located at 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105).
(Rehearsal will begin at 2:15 PM, which all parish coordinators, catechumens, candidates, and sponsors are required to attend.)
How Do I Register My Parish?
All parishes will need to fill out the electronic registration form to indicate whether or not they will be attending the Combined Rite. The deadline to do so was February 14, 2020. Registration is now closed.
Please note that this information is used for statistics that must be reported to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and so it is necessary that we receive accurate and prompt information.
Please note that OEEC will NOT be providing nametags. Parishes should prepare those accordingly if they wish, but it is not required.
What Other Resources Might I Need?
- Important Information for the Combined Rite - a helpful FAQ sheet
- Parish Rite of Sending and Recognition (also found in your RCIA book of rites), for use in your parish prior to the Combined Rite
Please also be sure to review the list of upcoming events below, and register for any opportunities for ongoing formation. We also recommending reviewing the Archdiocesan RCIA Guidelines, found below in PDF form. If your parish has not yet received a "hard copy," please contact the OEEC as soon as possible.
Upcoming 2020 Events
March 1, 2020
Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
Location: Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Hartford)
See above for registration information.
March 28, 2020
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! Visit the Missio page of our website for more information and to register!
May 29-30, 2020
TeamRCIA: An Inter-Diocesan Event **In English and en Español!**
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. This workshop is open to those parishes who are new to RCIA, or looking to revitalize their RCIA process. All RCIA team members are welcome!
Cost will be $40.00 per person (to cover food and materials). Light refreshment will be provided on Friday evening, and Saturday will include "coffee and" and lunch.
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 form by clicking the links below:
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
Ana María G. Hernández Alstrum
Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis
(860) 242 5573 x2672