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RCIA is offered for adults through Ave Maria's Parish Faith Formation Office.


There are other faith formation opportunities for adults through our many parish groups. You can find out more by clicking on the button below.  


Contact: Becky Hampton, Director of Religious Education, or call the parish office at: 239-261-5555



RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a formal process of faith formation for three types of participants: 



Catechumens are those who have never been baptized and are seeking to become Catholic. 



Candidates are baptized Christians who are not Catholic but seek to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.



Adult Catholics seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation, who receive instruction in the essentials of the Catholic faith.


RCIA allows Catechumens, Candidates and Adult Catholics to learn about all things Catholic. To those who are not Catholic, it offers the opportunity to make an informed decision about entering the Catholic Church. RCIA provides for those who complete the faith formation process the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism (if they haven’t yet been baptized), Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion takes place at the Easter Vigil.

For find out more about RCIA, please click here. 

To see our Faith Formation Calendar page with the RCIA schedule, please click here

REGISTRATION FORM: For the RCIA Registration Form, click here. 

If you or someone you know is interested in the RCIA program, please contact Becky Hampton.

Our prayers and the Sacraments of the Church are spiritual lifeboats taking us back to God.

Father Thomas Byles
From his last homily given 
April 14, 1912 on the Titanic

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