OCIA | Becoming a Catholic

What is OCIA?

OCIA, or Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, is the process by which interested adults undertake a journey of conversion leading to initiation into the Catholic Church. The OCIA is not a “sign-up” for becoming Catholic. It is a time of no-obligation spiritual formation during which we look at the meaning of life, the answers to eternal questions, and the truth, teachings, and practices of the Catholic Church.

Who should I contact?

OCIA classes are currently being held on Monday evenings. As you discern God’s call, please know of our prayers for you and offer of support and encouragement. If you have any questions, please contact Joe Swiss, Director of Liturgy, at joe.swiss@stjohn-frederick.org or 301-662-8288.

When does the process start?

Those curious about the Catholic faith are encouraged to begin exploring this process whenever they feel so moved. Timing of the process and reception of sacraments is always geared toward your readiness to move forward through the process. We welcome you to begin this process at any time.

What documents might be helpful for becoming Catholic?

Christians baptized in another tradition will need a copy of their baptismal record. Copies of marriage certificates and any decrees of annulment in the church may be required if appropriate.

What about attendance?

Regular participation is strongly encouraged at all weekly meetings, days of prayer, and community service events. Attendance is viewed as a commitment to the process. Please discuss any attendance difficulties with one of the OCIA team members. We will do everything we can to assist you on this journey.