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


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!  


2019 Events

March 30, 2019

Missio: the Faith Formation Congress

8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Saint Paul Catholic High School (Bristol)
All in catechetical ministry, especially RCIA coordinators and team members, are invited to benefit from this day of personal development and spiritual formation.
Register today
For assistance selecting workshops that will benefit RCIA ministry, please contact Nicole Perone (info below).

July 2-3

National Gathering on Christian Initiation

Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL)
The theme will be The Year-Round Catechumenate. Take advantage of a special rate for groups of four or more (and an early bird rate until Ash Wednesday), a free pre-conference forum for RCIA coordinators, and Spanish-language components.
Visit the NGCI website for more information.

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
Registration coming soon!


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