Interested in Becoming Catholic?
Want to know more about the Catholic faith?
Were you baptized as a Catholic but never confirmed?
Each Easter, when Christians celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, more than a thousand adults of all ages formally become Catholic through parishes, missions, and campus ministry centers in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Some are baptized for the first time as adults, while others are Christians from other traditions entering into full communion with the Catholic Church. Their backgrounds and stories of faith are as diverse as the people who live in Northern Virginia.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is the process through which adults explore and, if they choose, eventually become Catholic, whether through Baptism or being received into full communion with the Church. Through RCIA you will have an opportunity to ask questions in a non-pressured environment alongside others who are on the same journey, learning the fundamental beliefs and practices of the Catholic faith and what it means to live as a Catholic.
There are various stages and rites involved in the RCIA process, and its duration depends on many factors that can vary greatly from person to person. At St. John the Baptist, the RCIA process begins in September, though some parishes offer the opportunity to begin at any time of year.