The character of the church is to welcome all people, especially people who are searching for a deeper connection in their lives. Often people are not sure whether it is even God they desire to know. It can be a vague yet distinguishable yearning for something beyond one's self. At other times it is a more articulate desire to relate to, to know about and to investigate God and the people who believe.
The Church welcomes all people who genuinely search for God. The Catechumenate community is an ancient tradition in the church that companions and supports people who enquire. There is never any pressure to join but only a respectful relationship that allows each person the freedom to experience their own spiritual journey.
This ancient way of guidance is more recently termed the RCIA, an acronym for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
It is the process by which unbaptised adults and children over seven years of age are welcomed into the active community of believers in the Catholic Church. The RCIA is also the accepted form of preparation for adults already baptised who seek full communion with the Catholic Church.
Those interested in becoming Catholic are advised to make contact with their local Catholic church community. Most parishes have an RCIA program for adults who are interested in becoming Catholics. The starting point for becoming a member of the Catholic Church is simply by talking to your local parish priest and/or the parish leaders. They are best instructed to be able to listen to you and understand what God seems to be doing in your life. If you wish, they can then introduce you to the basic steps in becoming a Catholic.
To find your
local parish click here
To find out more about the
RCIA click here
For more information about the Catholic faith you may wish to contact the
National Catholic Enquiry Centre
. Their website also has answers to a number of frequently asked questions.
From the Director
AOFE Annual Report 2012
Year of Faith
Year of Grace
The Living Church
Food for the Journey