Order of Christian Initiation for Adults
(OCIA)

What is OCIA?

“OCIA”stands for “the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults.” It is the process by which an adult person can receive any or all of the initial sacraments Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. OCIA is also the way for someone to enter and be initiated into the Catholic Church.

History of OCIA

OCIA has been around since the early Church. The Second Vatican Council brought back the OCIA process in keeping with the spirit of communal participation of the whole Church. Those who inquire enter into a public process of formation in community and are integrated into the life of the Catholic Church.

The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults is comprised of four phases: Inquiry (Evangelization), Catechumenate, Purity and Enlightenment and Mystagogia. These phases follow the experience of conversion and initiation in the Catholic faith.

Who needs OCIA?

  • Un-baptized adults
  • Adults baptized in non-Trinitarian formula
  • Adults baptized as Catholic, but are missing First Holy Communion and Confirmation
  • Adults baptized and confirmed as infants in the Catholic Church, but are missing First Holy Communion
  • Adults baptized in other Christian Churches in the Trinitarian formula with water, but are missing First Holy Communion and Confirmation

If you have any questions, please contact the course instructor – Deacon Sergio Rodicio – at sergio@thecathedralofstmary.org

Registration

The OCIA process is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation that takes approximately eight (8) months.  Classes for 2024 – 2025 will begin [date to-be-determined] and run through June 8, 2025 “Pentecost Sunday”. Classes are held weekly in-person.

Courses are available in English & Spanish

Course donation is a minimum of $20 per person which will cover the cost of study materials.

Make your online donation here

If you have any questions, please contact the course instructor – Deacon Sergio Rodicio – at sergio@thecathedralofstmary.org

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Register Online Here

Course donation is a minimum of $20 per person which will cover the costs of the study materials.

Make your online donation here

Course Materials

Your donation of at least $20 per person will cover the cost of the study materials.

You will also need to have a Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can access the Bible online for free here and the Catechism of the Catholic Church here.