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

Webinar & Discussion Series: The RCIA in Times of Social Distancing

Like a book club – but for webinars!

As our partners at Liturgy Training Publications (LTP) will be hosting webinars focused on a return to initiation ministry in the COVID-19 reality, the OEEC wishes to supplement those webinars with post-event discussions focused on our local reality.

Join the OEEC in attending each LTP webinar, and then virtually gathering for debrief and discussion of how best to apply what was presented in the context of our parishes in the Archdiocese of Hartford. (Like a book club – but for webinars!)

Click the links below to register for these free-of-charge webinars, and click here to register for the follow-up discussions:

Please note that the LTP webinars are hosted by AdobeConnect. OEEC discussions will be hosted by GoToMeeting; links for those will be sent out on the morning of the webinar.

Can’t Make A Session?  

  • Click here to access the previous webinars hosted by LTP. This is a great way to catch up on webinars you might have been unable to attend! 
    Note: The document at this link is updated after each session. If you do not see the most recent document, you may need to try another web browser or refresh your computer’s cache. 

  • Each OEEC Follow-Up Discussion will be recorded for future viewing. Simply register at the links above, even if you cannot attend, and a recording will be sent to your email. You can also email Nicole.Perone@AOHCT.org for recording links.

OEEC Webinar on "Discernment in Christian Initiation" - Register Now! 

As we journey through the RCIA process, one of the most common questions that RCIA ministers/team members have is: "How do I know if someone is ready to continue the process to receive the sacraments?" Though this question often arises prior to the Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, discernment is a tool needed at every stage of the RCIA journey. The skill of discernment is especially needed in these uncharted waters of the RCIA process in the time of limited in-person gatherings. 
Through this virtual workshop, we will come to a better understanding of the process of discernment in the RCIA, how it is experienced, and how it facilitates conversion. Join us on September 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm for this virtual gathering. There is no charge for this event! Click here to register! 
Presenter: Timothy A. Johnston, Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant
Timothy serves as Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant for Liturgy Training Publications. He has a degree in music education from Quincy University in Illinois, an MA in liturgical studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and an MA in Christian Doctrine from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has served as the director of liturgical programs at Marquette University, director of the Office of Liturgy for the dioceses of Salt Lake City and St. Cloud. Timothy is co-author of Guide for Celebrating Infant Baptism (LTP, 2018), Disciples Making Disciples: Print and Digital Resources for Forming the Assembly (LTP, 2017), and Pocket Prayers for Times of Trouble (Twenty-Third, 2014).

OEEC Virtual Conversation on the Sacraments of Initiation This Summer - Recording and Handouts Available Now! 

For those who were able to attend, thank you for joining our virtual conversation on the sacraments of initiation this summer. 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 Nicole.Perone@aohct.org to schedule a conversation. We stand ready to assist you! 

"Virtual Conversations" and Webinars on RCIA - All Summer Long! 

Liturgy Training Publications’ Catechumeneon will continue to offer virtual conversations especially for those involved in Christian initiation (specifically, RCIA, but all sacramental coordinators would benefit!).
Join this exploration of how to best return to initiation ministry, with new ideas for reorienting practices. Click the links below to register:  
List of Recorded Past Sessions: Click here to access the previous webinars hosted by LTP. This is a great way to catch up on webinars you might have been unable to attend! 
Note: The document at this link is updated after each session. If you do not see the most recent document, you may need to try another web browser or refresh your computer’s cache. 

TeamRCIA will be continuing their "community chat" opportunities this summer as well. Check out this upcoming opportunity: 

Integrating Seekers into RCIA All Year Long

You have everything you need to start a year-round RCIA process: the people, support from the pastor, meeting space, an engaged team. But now what? Exactly how do you proceed with the actual logistics of welcoming new seekers at different times and different levels? How do you integrate new people at any time of year without repeating yourself over and over again?
Come discover the steps you need to take to implement an ongoing initiation process on Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00 pm EST. Click here to register for this conversation.

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 

The TeamRCIA event scheduled for May 29-30 has been postponed at this time. More information about rescheduling for spring 2021 is forthcoming!

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.


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