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Becoming Catholic (RCIA)

"It is the Lord Jesus calling us: 'Come, follow me.'"

Have you ever considered becoming Catholic, or do you know Pilots who are considering it?

At U.P., New Catholics at the Easter Vigilwe celebrate the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for current students. This process helps participants discern whether God is calling them to join the Catholic Church through an academic year of inquiry, catechesis, and purification and enlightenment. This culminates in participants' receiving God's grace in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Through prayer, communal sharing, study, and powerful rituals, RCIA facilitates an encounter with the Living God.

RCIA meets on Sunday afternoons in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher during the school year. All are welcome, especially in the Fall semester. Pilots who decide to become Catholic can expect to receive the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil, which occurs the night before Easter Sunday (April 11, 2020).

Students who have been baptized in another Christian tradition will not be baptized again but will have the opportunity to make a public profession of faith and receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist at a Mass celebrated by our local Archbishop in the spring.

Find out more about Confirmation here.

If you have ever thought about becoming Catholic or would simply like to learn more about it for you and/or a friend, please contact Alex Roth at or 503.943.7863. 

* quote taken from the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 8.123