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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation that leads to the ultimate goal of coming into full communion with the Church. During this process, non-Catholics learn about the Catholic faith and way of life. It is a spiritual formation process culminating with entry into the Catholic Church with the celebration of the Sacraments of Baptism (if not previously baptized in another Christian denomination), Confirmation, and Eucharist.


Get to know our RCIA Candidates

We asked our RCIA candidates to tell us a little bit about themselves and what led them to the Catholic Church.

Here are their answers:


Brandy Maruschak

I am a real estate agent with CJ Brown and previously worked in the film industry for many years. I have an eclectic range of interests and hobbies. I was born and raised in Baton Rouge and I’m a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University.

Last summer, God kept waking me in the middle of the night calling me to the Adoration Chapel to pray. This led me to Fr. Cleo and then to RCIA. I have never felt so loved, supported, and happy – I AM HOME!



Wesley Randall

I recently got married at Mercy. I have lived in Baton Rouge for nearly 7 years but I grew up in Prairieville. I graduated from LSU with a degree in Business Administration. I work as an Accounting Manager for Capitol City Produce. I am 30 years old and do not have any kids at the moment but hope God has them in my future.

The faith my fiancée (now wife) showed as well as the faith her entire family showed drew me to learning more about the Catholic faith. I always wanted to get back in church so my future kids would be raised in the Church. We intend to send our kids to Catholic schools. I personally wanted to start going to church and strengthen my relationship with God.


David Robins

I am the eighth child of thirteen kids. I am an avid sportsman and lover of sci-fi. I’ve been a licensed Arborist since 1991 and love the field.

My reason for joining the Catholic Church is because my three youngest children have been raised in the church and school.



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Our Lady of Mercy is a family of faith united in prayer, love and Catholic Tradition.

We are dedicated to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through evangelization, education and Christian example. We strive to be as faithful as the Blessed Virgin Mary and live our faith by serving God, our fellow brothers and sisters and our community.

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