Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Diocese of Tyler’s process for preparing and educating adults for the sacraments.

What is Christian Initiation for Adults?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the liturgical and catechetical process which prepares adults to receive the sacraments of Christian Initiation. The process incudes discernment, liturgical rites, catechetical sessions, and culminates in the reception of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil liturgy. RCIA is for adults who have not been baptized, however parishes will frequently use RCIA for adults who are lacking other Sacraments. Interested in becoming Catholic?

“The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In it parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of the faith to their children; they should encourage them in their vocation which is proper to each of them, fostering with special care a vocation to a sacred state.” (Lumen Gentium, 11)

candle at the easter vigil

The Way of Christ

The Way of Christ is the standard resource for RCIA in the Diocese of Tyler, and it introduces readers to the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church, the basics of what Catholics believe and how Catholics should live. Each of the lessons has a video to accompany it and provoke reflection and discussion on the lesson topic.


Pastors, catechists, and others who have questions about curriculum options for faith formation should contact the Director of Faith Formation, Dr. Luke Arredondo.