Becoming Catholic

We’re so happy you’re considering becoming a Catholic Christian!  The reasons for beginning this journey are diverse, but we are ready to accompany you as you discern God's call to full, active Christian life in the Catholic Church.  At Notre Dame, we have two tracks that assist a person undertaking the journey toward becoming a Catholic Christian: the RCIA Process and the Short Course Process.  

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Process is the default process by which non-Catholic individuals discern entering into relationship with Jesus Christ and are welcomed into the life of the Catholic Church. The Process provides a gradual apprenticeship in everything that it means to be a Catholic Christian, including the opportunity to study Catholic Christian beliefs, learn how to pray, grow in understanding of the Mass and the other Sacraments of the Church, build Christian community, and explore what it looks like to live an intentional Catholic life.  RCIA begins in August and gathers each Sunday morning for our formation sessions, which include Sunday Mass at the Basilica as a part of our time together.  It culminates in the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (including Baptism, Confirmation, & Holy Eucharist, as necessary) after a public Profession of Faith during the Easter season.

We also offer the Short Course Process for those who desire to enter the Catholic Church and have been well-rooted in Christian faith within another Christian denomination. The Short Course serves as a condensed process of Sacramental Preparation (one semester in length) for previously-baptized individuals with substantial experience studying, living, and practicing the Christian faith.  The Short Course focuses on what makes Catholicism unique and what it means to believe, live, celebrate, and pray specifically as a Catholic Christian.  The Short Course begins in August or January and gathers each Sunday afternoon for our formation sessions, which include Sunday Mass at the Basilica as a part of our time together.  It culminates in the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (including Confirmation & Holy Eucharist) after a public Profession of Faith toward the end of each semester.

You may also find our Sacramental Preparation FAQ page helpful in answering your questions.  

If you would like more information on how to become a Catholic Christian, please email Brett Perkins at brett.perkins@nd.edu or call (574) 631-3250.