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:
I am married with three children- Madison, Eli, and Dillin. My wife Alexis and I have been attending Mass at Mercy for over 10 years. My son Eli attended Mercy from Pre-K through 8th grade, graduating last year and son Dillin will start Pre-K at Mercy in the Fall. Originally from Lafayette, I have been in BR for over 20 years.
My decision to enter the Catholic Church was to ‘complete’ my family so to speak and to understand what goes on during Mass. In looking around for what I would like to go through in Baptism and inclusion as a parishioner, I was most impressed with the Catholic Church based on its traditions and RCIA process.
I was raised in a non-denominational Christian home, but went to Catholic schools. Most of my friends and family are Catholic and so is my husband, Corey. I have always felt drawn to the Catholic faith, but it became stronger after having my two boys.
My son Drew is currently a 2nd grader at OLOM School and since he will celebrate the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist this year, I decided that I wanted to learn more for myself. I want to help guide my boys in their faith so I decided to enter RCIA here at Mercy.
I was born and raised in Baton Rouge and I’m a married mother of two children. I work as a nurse in the Pre-Admit Department for Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I decided to come to OLOM by way of my background in the Episcopal faith and close friendships with several Mercy parishioners. My decision to convert stems from those close bonds. I am excited to become part of the Mercy community and I look forward to being in full communion with the church along with my friends and fellow parishioners.