The Catholic University of America

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RCIA 2015: Transforming Lives

  Last year's Easter Vigil

The Archdiocese of Washington is expected to welcome 1,300 adults to be received as full members of the Catholic Church through the celebration of the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil this year. At The Catholic University of America, three catechumens will be baptized along with four Christians who will be received into full communion through the sacraments of Confirmation and first Eucharist and five other young adult Catholics who will be confirmed. They have prepared for this important moment with a weekly catechism class on Sundays since last September.

One of the grateful candidates for this year’s Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) is Matthew Morris, a sophomore in psychology. He is one of the four who will be received into full communion at Easter. When the catechism instruction began last fall, Matthew was delighted to discover an intimate community of 11 other candidates who shared with him not just their passion to learn the faith, but also their friendship with one another as they shared meals and personal stories during the weekly meetings. More important, Matthew appreciates how RCIA has taught him to integrate the principles of faith into the experience of everyday life. He was amazed at how he was supported by the peers he met through RCIA, by his personal friends who knew that he was converting, by his family who respected his decision, and by the Church at large. As he looks back, Matthew realizes how the whole experience has been transformative. He feels closer to God and more caring of others. Looking forward, he expects to grow deeper in the faith through active participation in the life of the Church.