RCIA is a process of conversion and spiritual formation for individuals who are interested in living the Christian life in the Catholic tradition.  It is a time of prayer, study, reflection, faith sharing, ongoing discernment and participation in parish life. 

This process is for those who have never been baptized, those who have been baptized in another faith tradition, and those who were baptized Catholic and wish full initiation.  

We invite you to join the RCIA Inquiry Sessions.  These sessions will take place at the Cathedral in the Parish Hall.  Please email us to let us know if you are interested in attending. Contact Maria Thorsen at mthorsen@richmondcathedral.org

We invite you to inquire about the R.C.I.A. process:

Please contact: Maria Thorsen

RCIA Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I begin the RCIA process?

 If you are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic, we welcome you to begin the process.  Come with your questions and share in conversation about what it means to live the Christian life in the Catholic tradition.       

2. Who can come to the Inquiry Sessions?

Anyone who is interested in exploring the Catholic Church is welcome to the Inquiry Sessions, where individuals may ask questions and gather information.  The Inquiry Sessions are intended to help each person decide whether he or she wants to consider fuller participation in the Catholic faith community.  

You can email the RCIA Coordinator, Maria Thorsen at 


3. Is RCIA like a course?

No. RCIA is a process of faith formation and spiritual growth.  Suggested reading and resource material will be recommended, there are no requirements like the ones you might have in a formal course.

4. What if you have to miss some Tuesday night sessions because of family, school or work commitments?

No worries.  We understand these conflicts.  We will make sure you receive missed handouts and that your Sponsor will answer questions and talk about the session that you missed.  

5. Do I have to find my own Sponsor?

No. One of Cathedral’s parishioners, who generously respond to the call for Sponsors in the RCIA process, will be assigned to you.  Of course, if you know a Cathedral parishioner whom you would like to invite to sponsor you, feel free to ask that individual to participate in the RCIA process with you.

RCIA Sponsors Needed

Parish Sponsors accompany those in the RCIA in the process of conversion and faith formation as companions on the journey.  They support those in RCIA with prayer and their own witness to the Christian way of life. Sponsors will come to the Tuesday night sessions.  Serving as a sponsor fulfills the necessary ministry envisioned by the the RCIA process, but it is also an incredibly enriching experience.

If you want to learn more about what is involved in serving as an RCIA sponsor, please contact:Maria Thorsen – mthorsen@richmondcathedral.org

RCIA Meal Ministry

We begin each RCIA Session sharing a meal.  As Catholics, we are a Eucharistic people. Beginning the evening with dinner and conversation allows the RCIA community to grow deeper in faith.  

If you would like to provide the meal for a Tuesday night session please contact: Maria Thorsen – mthorsen@richmondcathedral.org

RCIA Prayer Partners

As a  Cathedral parishioner, we invite you to be engaged in RCIA and support these members who are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.  Prayer partners will be asked to pray for a person who is a member of RCIA.  

If you are interested please contact: Maria Thorsen – mthorsen@richmondcathedral.org