Are you interested in becoming Catholic?
Adult preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation happens through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). RCIA is a process of discerning one’s readiness for the commitment of becoming Catholic and being initiated into the Catholic Church.
Are you Baptized Catholic, with no further sacraments?
For adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church, but have not had the opportunity to finish the initiation process with the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, RCIA classes are a way to review and prepare to receive these other sacraments of initiation.
RCIA is a way to deepen your faith in Jesus Christ through prayer and reflection, learn more about the faith traditions and doctrines of the Church, and enter more deeply into the life of the faith community by attending Mass, parish events, and being of service to others.
If Never Baptized
For the unbaptized, known as Catechumens, initiation into the Catholic Church usually occurs at the Easter Vigil (the Saturday night before Easter Sunday). The Catechumens receive the three initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Baptized in Another Christian Tradition
For those who have already been baptized, known as Candidates for Full Communion, reception into the Catholic Church can occur upon readiness throughout the year, barring any impediments. This reception includes a Profession of Faith, Confirmation and Eucharist.
2. Seat of Wisdom Institute
The Seat of Wisdom Diocesan Institute is a program of adult faith formation and catechetical certification in the Diocese of Madison. It offers a comprehensive and systematic formation based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and aims to draw its participants into deeper communion with Jesus Christ, strengthening them to be more effective witnesses and teachers of the Gospel.
3. St. Therese Lecture Series
Through the help of a generous benefactor, outstanding internationally recognized speakers are brought to the Diocese of Madison approximately twice each year as part of the St. Therese Lecture Series.