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

Virtual Conversations on the RCIA This Fall/Winter

Thanks to our friends and collaborators at Liturgy Training Publications, there are a number of virtual opportunities to discuss a variety of topics around RCIA and sacramental preparation this fall and winter.

First, if you were unable to attend our LTP-OEEC webinar on Discernment in Christian Initiation on September 24, please click this link to access the recording. You are welcome to share it with your RCIA team and parish staff as needed. 

Additionally, if you would like to join LTP for more upcoming virtual conversations, please click each link below to register for some of those conversations! 

Virtual Conversations in English

October 21, 1:00 p.m.: Adult Learning Methods in the Catechumenate

RCIA #75 calls for the “suitable pastoral formation” of catechumens. Participants in this virtual conversation will explore the many different ways in which adults learn and how it can be applied to the Period of the Catechumenate while being  “aimed at training [catechumens] in the Christian life.” This session will challenge parishes to think outside of the box in our shared ministry of forming disciples.

November 5, 1:00 p.m.: The Mystagogical Method in the Initiation Process

The mystagogical method is a three-part process: joining together in a common experience, reflection, and sharing. In this conversation, we will discuss how this method can be introduced in the catechumenal process before the Period of Mystagogy.

November 18, 1:00 p.m.: Involving Your Pastor in the Initiation Process

Whether involved in the rites, catechesis, or discernment process, the pastor has a great responsibility in Christian initiation ministry. This conversation will allow participants to share best practices and reflect on the obstacles they face when co-laboring with the pastor of their parish.

December 3, 1:00 p.m.: Discernment before the Rite of Election

Before celebrating the Rite of Election, the catechumens are to enter into a process of discernment and discussion with the pastor and other catechumenal leaders. What are the questions to ask? What should we be observing? How do we know people are ready to move forward in the process?

December 16, 1:00 p.m.: Using Art and Music in Your Catechetical Sessions

Art and music has always been an important part of our Christian faith. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy states that art has the ability to turn our "minds devoutly toward God" and that music "is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art." (122, 112) In this conversation, we will discuss how we can practically use the arts to echo our faith and enhance our celebration of God's Word.


Dialogo Virtual en Español

5 noviembre, 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (1/3)

Aprenda como usar de la manera mas provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.

12 noviembre, 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (2/3)

Aprenda como usar de la manera mas provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.

19 noviembre, 8:00 p.m.: Guía de entrenamiento para el RICA: por un mejor uso de recursos y talento humano (3/3)

Aprenda como usar de la manera mas provechosa el material gratuito de LTP para coordinadores del RICA entrenando a su equipo de voluntarios y catequistas.

9 febrero, 8:00 p.m.: Iniciación cristiana para niños y niñas: preparación y celebración de los ritos

Veamos los ritos de la iniciación cristiana con los niños. Cuáles son y cómo prepararlos para celebrarlos con alegría y entusiasmo.


LTP is also hosting ongoing virtual conversations specific to The RCIA Adapted for Children. Please consider being a part of those conversations to be better prepared to welcome children to the Sacraments of Initiation outside of the "usual" ages and times: 

February 10 - 4:00 p.m. (February Virtual Conversation

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 Nicole.Perone@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.

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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
Nicole.Perone@aohct.org

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