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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA is the practice whereby the Catholic Church welcomes new adult members into the Church. Its promulgation in 1972 effected a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation into the Church: a process of discernment and ritualizing the stages of conversion leading to initiation into the Church through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the eucharist. The RCIA is not a program but a sacramental process.

The RCIA is one rite; however, it is divided into various periods that respect the individual's journey of faith. These periods of initiation and formation are marked by liturgical celebrations that serve as transitions or steps throughout the rite.


Christ the King Church will implement a new RCIA program beginning in the fall which will culminate in reception into the Catholic Church at Easter.

If you or someone you know is interested in exploring entering the Catholic Church, please contact RCIA Coordinator Patti Smith: 276.206.9278.