Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic way of life. This communal process involves a number of stages punctuated by liturgical rites to aid and assist the potential convert toward the final rite on the day of Easter Vigil at which time they will become full members of the Roman Catholic Church.







The RCIA process was introduced as a result of the Second Vatican Council, where a return to the ancient practice of Christian initiation was viewed as the proper form for the modern world. Prior to Vatican II, Christian initiation had evolved from the ancient practice to the form of individual private instruction with a priest. Although the private process has its merits, the council wanted to reintroduce the community aspect of the initiation process, as well as the liturgical and other elements as well.






The RCIA program at Our Lady of Angels begins in September and concludes in May.  If you are interested in the RCIA program and would like more information, please contact Rev. Richard M. Lewkiewicz at the rectory or Vincent Ferraioli at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Alumni Comments

"OLA’s RCIA program is a wonderful introduction to the Catholic faith! The classes always have a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. I learned so much, and I really enjoyed it." - Vicky R

"The RCIA program is in great hands! One of my favorites is the church history!" - Matt G


RCIA Staff

Moderator: Fr. Richard Lewkiewicz  

Administrator: Charles Donahoe  

Mentors\Leaders: Josette Khayat, Sr. Elizabeth Schroeder,  

Deacon Charles Rory Hurley


Meeting Information

Location: Msgr. Cavanagh Room  

Day/Time: Wednesday's from 7pm to 8:45pm  


RCIA Information

Click Here for the RCIA Outline Description

Click Here for the RCIA Schedule of Topics


Adult Confirmation Information

Click Here for the Adult Confirmation Information and Schedule of Topics.

Please register by contacting Fr. Lewk in the rectory at 718-836-7200 ext. 18.


RCIA Registration


Please contact Fr. Richard Lewkiewicz (Fr. Lewk) at 718-836-7200 Ext. 108.

You may print the RCIA Registration form and bring it with you when you schedule an appointment with Fr. Lewk.


Click Here for the RCIA Registration Form

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