Adult Faith Education and The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism.

The RCIA is best described as a journey of faith which passes through a number of different phases and focuses in conversion of heart and mind to Christ.

If a person has been baptised in another faith they are called Candidates as they move through their preparation, where as those that are unbaptised are called Catechumens. The preparation process to allow a person to receive their sacraments is the same for Candidates and Catechumens with the prime differences being;

  • Catechumens commence their Sacraments with Baptism where as Candidates continue their sacramental journey, that started with baptism as a child, with Penance.

  • Adult Candidates can receive their sacraments from our parish priest once they have been fully prepared; hence this ceremony can occur throughout the year, whereas Catechumens must receive their Sacraments, like children over 7 years of age, during a special ceremony in Lent at St Stephens cathedral, where the ceremony is presided over by a Bishop

More information about the programme may be gained by contacting the parish office on 3358 3744 or

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