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

September 14, 2019

RCIA Training Day: Cateshesis Through the Period of the Catechumenate

Facilitator: Liturgy Training Publications

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Location: Saint John Bosco parish (Saint Mary campus), Branford
Click here to register.
To print out a flyer, click here.

The wisdom of RCIA 75.1 is that the catechumenal journey is to be a gradual process. What is catechesis in the catechumenate supposed to look like? Why and how does it need to be "accommodated to the liturgical year"? What is a "profound sense of the mystery of salvation," and how do we instill it in the catechumens and ourselves? Catechumeneon team members will present a vision of what this extended time of formation and instruction looks like. Finally, participants will be challenged and invigorated to consider the many ways in which "catechesis both precedes the liturgy and springs from it" (National Directory for Catechesis, 33).

Session Include:

  • The Four Aspects of Catechumenal Formation
  • Catechesis and the Liturgical Year: Revealing the Paschal Mystery
  • Training Exercise: Preparing Catechesis In and For Your Community
  • Catechesis for Baptized Candidates and the Reception Into Full Communion

Registration Cost: 

Individual Registration: $20 per person

Group Registration:

$10 per person (50% discount only applies to groups of 3 or more from a single parish) 

Attendees can register at this link – credit card or check are acceptable payment methods (sorry, we cannot accept cash).

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!  

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

Thank you to the 52 parishes who attended this year’s 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