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Becoming Catholic

Please see this page for Frequently Asked Questions about RCIA and Confirmation.

We’re so happy you’re considering becoming a Catholic Christian! The reasons for beginning this journey are as diverse as the individuals who undertake it, but we are ready to walk with you as you discern if God is indeed calling you to full, active Christian life in the Catholic Church.

At the University of Portland, we have two distinct ministries that assist a person undertaking the journey toward becoming a Catholic Christian: the RCIA and the Short Course

New Catholics at the Easter Vigil

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (or RCIA) is the normative process by which non-Catholic individuals enter into relationship with Jesus Christ and are formally initiated into the community of the Catholic Church. The experience consists of a series of stages of preparation, discernment, and accompanying steps (called “Rites”) that take place over a period ranging from a few months to a few years, depending on the individual’s spiritual journey with Jesus Christ. Properly engaged, this process leads individuals toward a profound personal relationship with God through spiritual, intellectual, moral, liturgical, and communal formation. The RCIA Process is ideal for anyone who has never been baptized, as well as for baptized Christians (of other Christian denominations) who seek to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church but who may need instruction on what it means to be a Catholic Christian. At the University of Portland, the RCIA Process begins in late September and runs through the end of the spring semester. The process culminates in reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist) after a public Profession of Faith, all of which normally takes place in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on campus during the Easter season.

For individuals who desire to enter the Catholic Christian Church and have been well-rooted in the Christian faith within another Christian denomination, we offer the Short Course Process. The Short Course serves as a condensed process (one semester in length) of Sacramental Preparation for baptized individuals who have a good amount of previous experience living an active, conscious life with God in the context of Christian community. The Short Course focuses upon what it means to believe, live, celebrate and pray specifically as a Catholic Christian. It culminates in reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Holy Eucharist) after a public Profession of Faith, which normally takes place in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on campus toward the end of the spring semester.

If you would like more information on how to become Catholic and/or receive any of the Sacraments of Initiation, please email Alex Roth at rotha@up.edu or call 503.943.7863.