The RCIA is the process through which adults become members of the Catholic Church.
Why Be Catholic?
Catholic authors, Richard Rohr OFM and Joseph Martos, list “Eight Good Reasons for Being Catholic” in an article for Catholic Update. Here are their reasons:
- An optimistic view of creation: Catholics see God shining through all of creation so Catholics are very comfortable using elements of creation—water, fire, oil, bread, wine, human touch—in the Church’s sacramental celebrations.
- A universal vision: The word “catholic” means “universal.” The Catholic Church is multinational, multicultural, and multiracial in its universal vision.
- A holistic outlook: Catholics believe that everyone is called to achieve their fullest potential, to be a truly whole and holy person, and this requires true conversion.
- Personal growth: Catholics, therefore, see life as a constant process of continuous conversion to become more like Christ; a journey of faith open to God’s grace.
- Social transformation: Catholics believe that society itself must be transformed so that all people are set free to live as children of God.
- A communal spirit: From the earliest days of the Church, the Christian way of life was communitarian. Saint Paul called each community a “body of Christ.”
- A profound sense of history: The Church is over 2000 years old. From this unique perspective of history, Catholic have learned that the gospel can be lived in any place, at any time, under any condition.
- A respect for human knowledge: Catholics believe that if they are firmly grounded in their faith, that faith is not threatened by the search for scientific knowledge. Catholics know that all truth comes from God, whether it is revealed or discovered.
If you or someone you know wishes to join the Catholic Church or simply desires to learn more about the Church, please contact RCIA Coordinator Barbara Bettwy: RCIA@steas.net.