Office of Christian Initiation

Special Message from Archbishop Gustavo-García-Siller

“The Archdiocesan Office of Christian Initiation has the important responsibility to serve and assist clergy, religious and lay leaders alike who faithfully dedicate themselves to the implementation of Christian Initiation for both adults and children of catechetical age. During my many pastoral visits throughout the Archdiocese I have come to experience the immense fruit of faith, hope and charity that I have been able to personally witness, particularly in the celebrations of the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. My prayer is for the continued collaborative pastoral effort, sustained by prayer, in offering the people of the Archdiocese our finest efforts serving the ministry of Christian Initiation.”

Mission Statement

The Archdiocesan Office of Christian Initiation promotes and supports parishes in their holistic implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and for Children of Catechetical Age as mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In conjunction with the Archdiocesan Christian Initiation Committee our office provides a wide variety of pastoral services intended to equip and facilitate parish RCIA leaders and teams as they fulfill the Church’s mission to make disciples and advance the Kingdom of God in every parish community.

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Learning about the Catholic Faith

Welcome! We are glad that you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church and the Faith she proclaims, celebrates, prays and lives. We hope that this introduction will lead you to discover more about the beauty and riches of the Catholic Church founded by Jesus of Nazareth.

How do I find a Catholic parish near me?

What if I think that I want
to become Catholic?

What does initiation into the
 Catholic Church entail?
How long does it take to become a Catholic?

What if I change my mind?

What are RCIA Study Days?

Our RCIA study days address the most commonly asked questions about each period of formation and liturgical celebrations.

Who should attend?
  • RCIA Leaders
  • RCIA Team Members
  • Pastors
  • Priests
  • Deacons

The Office of Christian Initiation serves parishes by offering

A Christian Initiation Mentoring program whereby we offer personalized assistance in the complete implementation of Christian Initiation.

Individualized RCIA Study Days covering the directives and instructions of the entire Rite pertaining to each period of formation and liturgical step.

Special Topic Study Days addressing the most common issues and concerns for the successful implementation of Christian Initiation.

RCIA Weekend Training Seminar providing an introductory overview of the entire Rite and the important aspects needed for its successful parish implementation

A variety of special events, activities and resources that assist parishes in their pastoral ministry serving the formation and initiation of adults and children of catechetical age.

New RCIA Resources

For RCIA and Adult Formation from Place orders by contacting Office of Christian Initiation at 734-1632 or send email to
Note: Orders placed through Christian Initiation Office receive a 45% discount

Director : Vacant

Administrative Assistant : Deborah Vara

2718 W. Woodlawn, San Antonio, Texas 78228
(210) 734-2620 Fax: (210) 734-0231 To Reach the Archbishop, FAX: (210) 734-0708

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