Become a Catholic


If you're curious about the Catholic faith or you've even thought about becoming a Catholic, our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program is just for you. Adults from all faith traditions, or no religious background at all, are welcome to participate in our program of instruction designed especially for the needs and lifestyles of busy people. The program focuses on four essential areas: what the Church teaches (what you must believe); how the Church teaches; the Bible; and spirituality.

St. Ignatius personal -centered program is unique for a number of reasons. The class calendar is dictated by the date of Easter, which is different every year. Our RCIA teams are dedicated to meeting the needs of the individual participant.

It's worth at least one phone call or e-mail to find out more. Please contact Pat Crosslin or Chris Shafer, Director of RCIA for adults  at 615-367-0085 x33 and for childrens RCIA; contact Louis Gregory at 615-367-0085X24 for more information.





What is RCIA

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults as a process in which participants "undergo…conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments…The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism."

Likewise, the language used in the RCIA process is that of the early Church formation programs. Catechumens are those people who are seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church through all of the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Candidates are people who have been baptized in a Christian tradition but are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church through Eucharist and Confirmation.

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