The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): It's Our Responsibility

By Kathy Sales

"The initiation of adults is the responsibility of all the baptized...

Hence, the entire community must help the candidates and the

  • catechumens throughout the process of initiation...” (RCIA, 9)

 The entire University of Dayton community of believers plays an important role in the RCIA process. Through your witness, encouragement, prayer, and hospitality, our RCIA participants feel embraced and supported by our community. Your discipleship models the love of Christ for them.

 As a member of the community, you are invited to pray for the RCIA participants who will enter more deeply on their journey of faith through the Rites of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens and Welcoming the Candidates at the 10 AM Mass on Sunday, October 29. Those journeying in faith towards the Easter sacraments include:


Chad Carmichael


Connor Bushnell

Naomi (Nay) Shah

Morgan Cox

 A catechumen is preparing for all three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. They celebrate the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens. The candidates share with us in the Christian life through their baptism and are continuing to listen to God’s call in their lives to discern entrance into full communion in the Roman Catholic Church.

The candidates celebrate the Rite of Welcoming the Candidates.

 What does faith offer you? How are you living out your baptism today? How do the riches of our Catholic tradition nourish your relationship with God? It is a good question for all of us to consider along with our candidates and catechumen.


Kathy Sales

Assistant Director of

Campus Ministry for Liturgy

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