The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a faith journey designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion, fruitfully. A Candidate is someone who has been validly baptized in another faith. A Catechumen is someone who has never been baptized. The faith journey is divided into four periods: Precatechumenate is a time for inquiry and introduction to Gospel values. The Rite of Acceptance follows this period. The Catechumenate is a time for the nurturing and growth in faith and conversion to God. The Rite of Election or Enrollment of Names follows this period. The Period of Purification and Enlightenment is the time during Lent of reflection, intensely centered on conversion, marked by celebration of the Scrutinies and of the preparation rites on Holy Saturday. All who have completed this time of preparation and have found themselves ready are brought into the Catholic faith at Easter Vigil. The last stage - Mystagogy is the time following Easter during which the newly initiated experience being it means to be fully a part of the Catholic community.


How do I begin?

Call the Director of RCIA - Rosie Rundell at 785-565-5000. She can answer any questions.

What is involved?

For a period of about a school year, those who want to find out more about the Catholic faith meet every Thursday evening at 7PM. We meet collaboratively with St. Thomas More parish throughout the year. The meetings include prayer, a presentation, small group discussion, questions and answers and lots of hospitality. Childcare is provided.

In December, we also meet on Sunday mornings for “Breaking Open the Word.” We attend the 10AM Mass and then are dismissed by the presider after the homily to discuss and relate the readings of the day and the homily to our lives and our relationship with Jesus.

Throughout the year, there are special celebrations marking your faith journey. You make the decision as to whether you are being called to the Catholic faith. Discernment is a major component in this process.At no time are you "expected" to join the Church but know that you are welcome at Seven Dolors regardless.

Who are the presenters?

We use a variety of teachers. The pastors of both parishes teach at least one of the sessions. We also have laypeople who have been formed in the teachings of the Church who also a qualified to teach. We use a variety of resources including Catholic Update, Journey of Faith, Apprenticing, material from the Association of Catechetical Ministry and Foundations in Faith also years of  experience with the RCIA team and presenters.



Want to learn more about the Catholic Church?

Call Rosie at 565-5000 for more information. Check out RCIA under our Office of Adult Education and Formation Department..

Easter Vigil

Contact Information

Position Pastoral Associate
Name Rosie Rundell
Email formation@sevendolors.com
Phone W:785-565-5000 (ext.115)