Becoming Catholic (OCIA)

Receiving the Sacraments
Order of Christian initiation for adults



Whether you are a Catholic who never received Confirmation, a Christian of another denomination investigating what the Catholic faith is about, a person from a non-Christian background looking to become Catholic, or even a Catholic who is interested in learning more about the faith, OCIA is the place for you.

The St. John’s Catholic Newman Center OCIA program meets weekly beginning each September to explore the beauty of the Catholic faith through brief interactive talks and friendship. Other Catholic Illini join in the journey to help those exploring the faith, and to explore their own faith more deeply.

Through the RCIA program, candidates can prepare to receive the sacraments of initiation during the Easter Vigil Mass each Spring. Sacraments of initiation include:

  • Baptism
  • First Holy Communion
  • Confirmation

Learn more about OCIA