What is OCIA?

Posted on June 22, 2022 in: General News

What is OCIA?


The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA), formerly known as RCIA, is the process through which people become full members of the Roman Catholic Church or complete their Catholic initiation. It is an opportunity to join others in deepening one’s relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through study and spiritual formation in the Catholic faith. Ultimately those who decide to become Catholic prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation). The OCIA welcomes inquirers at all levels of knowledge, faith, and intent!

Who is OCIA for?

  • Non-baptized adults who want to be baptized in the Catholic faith.
  • Adults who have been baptized into a different Christian tradition and now want to explore becoming Catholic.
  • Baptized Catholic adults who have never received the sacraments of Confirmation and/or the Eucharist.
  • Anyone interested in exploring the Catholic faith.

For more information about OCIA at St. Stephen’s, contact Dylan Maugel at dmaugel@ststephenchurch.org or by calling the parish office at 763-421-2471.