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Initiation of Adults

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA has been the liturgical process for adults to be initiated (those who are unbaptised), or received into the Catholic Church (for those who are already baptised as Christians), since 1980.

Liturgy Brisbane and Evangelisation Brisbane assist parishes with implementing the rite through formation and providing resources. The Archdiocesan Catechumenate Committee coordinates and plans major diocesan events.


The resources below are available from the Evangelisation Brisbane online store:

There is further information on becoming a Catholic on the Archdiocesan website


There is a national body for the RCIA, Christian Initiation Australia Network (CIAN) which organises bi-annual national conferences, supports state conferences, maintains a website and publishes an eNews, Network News, four times a year:

The website provides ‘back issues’ of Network News and practical information for any parish.


In every alternative year to the national conference there is a state conference.
Below are videos of the presentations from the last conference:

RCIA Queensland Conference Address – Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana

Children in the Catechumenate – Bernadette McAndrew and Kate McLean

Personal Story – Heather McDonald

Period of Evangelisation and Precatechumenate – Rob Cosgrove

Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens – Elizabeth Harrington

Mystagogia – Maree Byron OSU