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

OEEC Virtual Conversation on the Sacraments of Initiation Outside of the Easter Vigil - Recording and Handouts Available Now! 

For those who were able to attend, thank you for joining our virtual conversation on the sacraments of initiation taking place outside of the Easter Vigil. We hope that it was helpful to you! 

Click here to access the recording of the webinar. Please also find pertinent handouts linked below:

If you would like further consultation and support from the OEEC on the sacraments of initiation, please email OEEC@aohct.org to schedule a conversation. We stand ready to assist you! 

Coronavirus Resources for RCIA 

First, the Archbishop has issued several directives regarding Christian initiation of adults. It is imperative that anyone responsible for RCIA/Adult Confirmation review this most recent guidance, available at this link.  

Additionally, the OEEC has issued a guidance document for matters of faith formation in these times. If you are responsible for RCIA, we recommend reviewing this document.

TeamRCIA’s videos and summaries at this time have been incredibly insightful for adapting the RCIA process to our current climate. Here are some highlights we recommend: 

We also recommend reviewing their blogs, videos, and webinars to keep knowledge of the RCIA fresh. 

Finding Joy: Dare to Hope is a self-paced, virtual retreat from a parish in the Archdiocese of Baltimore that can be an opportunity for elect and candidates to have a retreat "together," even if not in-person. 

We especially recommend visiting our coronavirus resource page, where the "online resources for everyone" section includes a robust collection of prayer practices, digital libraries, podcasts, videos, how-tos, and so much more that can be shared with the elect and candidates in your community. Please explore and share those resources to aid them in growing in their faith during this time. 

Looking for more resources to use during this time of at-home and virtual formation? 

Click the links below for resources for: 

...  Catholic School Teachers 
...  Coronavirus-Specific Issues 
Families, Children, and Teens at Home 
Everyone (Prayers, Libraries, etc.) 
...  Parish Catechetical Leaders
Youth Ministry 

2020 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion: Photos Available

Thank you to the parishes who attended the 2020 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. We were pleased to welcome over 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 by clicking this link 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.