Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


Have you ever considered...

 joining the Catholic Church?
seeking a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith?
what it means to be Catholic?
cherishing a personal relationship with God?
making your Confirmation?

RIGHT of christian initiation of adults (rcia)
  sacrament of confirmation


   A person's faith journey always begins with God's initiation.  God's presence can feel like a knocking door, a curiosity, a sense of wonder, a longing for healing, inner peace.  Mysteriously, faith gradually changes from belief in something to belief in Someone with a desire to know that person even more. 

The Church offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the Scriptures, its traditions and the Christian life, for those who have questions about the Catholic faith.  This is the beginning of the process called RCIA.


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the way by which people become full members of the Roman Catholic Church.  Full membership requires a total formation which culminates in the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  RCIA is a faith journey in which a person is introduced to the community, beliefs, liturgy, and apostolic work of the Catholic Church.


   RCIA is designed primarily for those seeking Baptism.  Since baptized Christians from other denominations may be seeking membership in the Catholic Church, the RCIA process is adapted to their needs as well.  Baptized Catholics are also welcome who are seeking Confirmation, thus completing their initiation sacraments.


The purpose of any program of Christian Initiation is to allow people the opportunity to deepen thier encounter with Christ and Catholic community.  More is involved than merely learning a creed.  The process involves several aspects:
Period of Inquiry and Rite of Acceptance
Period of Formation
Rite of Choosing (Election)
Period of Sacramental Preparation
Sacraments of Initiation
Period of Continued Growth and Reflection (Mystagogia)
   The RCIA may be a one- or two-year process because it respects the readiness of a person.  The inital stage is called Inquiry.  When candidates are ready, they participate in the Rite of Acceptance, and enter the Period of Formation by reflecting on the gospel of Jesus in light of thier own life history.  On the first Sunday of Lent, candidates assemble in St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC for the Rite of Election.  After this, a Period of Sacramental Preparation occurs.  Initiation sacraments take place during the Easter Vigil followed by a Period of Continued Growth and Reflection in which the candidates reflect further on the mystery of Easter and the ways in which they can become disciples of Jesus through the apostolic work of the Church.

Click HERE to downloard and fill out an application. Thank you for your interest in the Catholic Church. Looking forward to journing with you soon.

Contact Fr. Mark Zittle, O.Carm. 
Office of Faith Formation and Sacraments
Rose Hill: McGinley Center, Room 205 B
Phone: 718-817-4539



  The Sacrament of Confirmation is the third of the three sacraments of initiation. Confirmation

perfects our baptism and brings us the graces of the Holy Spirit.


     We receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit when we are infused with sanctifying grace, the life of God within us—as, for example, when we receive a sacrament worthily. These seven gifts help us to live a Christian life.
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (or courage), knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.


     For Fordham Catholic students who have celebrated the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, we offer the opportunity to prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation by joining Campus Ministry's Confirmation process.


     Monthly sessions begin in October and Confirmation will take place at the Easter Vigil. The sessions will provide appropriate adult catechesis combined with encouragement for pesonal growth. Each session provides an environment of prayer, community, discussion and discernment.

Click HERE to download and fill out an application. Thank you for your interest in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at Fordham University. Looking forward to journing with you.

Contact Fr. Mark Zittle, O.Carm. 
Office of Faith Formation and Sacraments
Rose Hill: McGinley Center, Room 205 B
Phone: 718-817-4539





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