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


2019 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion: March 10, 2019

All parishes are invited to the Archdiocesan celebration of the Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion.

We heartily encourage all parishes, especially those who have a catechumen or candidate, to attend this important event. This sacred celebration is very meaningful to the catechumens and candidates who attend, and so it is always a kind gesture to have the visible support of their local church community
present at the Cathedral.

All parishes will need to fill out the electronic registration form to indicate whether or not they will be attending the Combined Rite. Parishes may also contact the OEEC for assistance with the electronic form.

Please note that this information is used for statistics that must be reported to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and so it is necessary that we receive accurate and prompt information.

The Combined Rite will take place on the First Sunday of Lent: Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph (located at 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105). Rehearsal will begin at 2:15 p.m., which all parish coordinators, catechumens, candidates, and sponsors are required to attend.

Please review:

  1. Important Information for the Combined Rite
  2. The Parish Rite of Sending and Recognition for use in your parish prior to the Combined Rite;
  3. This electronic registration form, to be completed by February 19, 2019 . Please heed this deadline, as we will need it to prepare programs.

Please note that for 2019, the OEEC will NOT be providing nametags. Parishes should prepare those accordingly.


2019 Events

February 9, 2019
RCIA Training Day: Lent & Mystagogy
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pastoral Center (Bloomfield)
Cost is $10.00 - to register, click here.

Join the OEEC for a RCIA workshop focused on Lent and Mystagogy in the context of the RCIA process.

February 19, 2019
Registration due for 2019 Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion

March 10, 2019
Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion
3:00 p.m. (Rehearsal at 2:15 p.m.)
Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Hartford)

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 to benefit from “early bird” pricing and group rates!
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
Facilitator: Liturgy Training Publications
Location: TBA - registrating 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