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Center for Catholic Education and Formation
Saint Thomas Seminary

New England Catholic Biblical School

Diaconate Candidacy

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Archdiocesan Combined Rite of Election and 

Call to Continuing Conversion

Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Hartford, CT)
Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.
required rehearsal at 2:15 p.m.

How Do I Register My Parish?

Complete the electronic registration form linked here to indicate whether or not they will be attending the Combined Rite. The deadline to do so is February 10, 2023. Please heed this deadline, as we will need it to prepare programs.  Parishes may also contact The Center for Catholic Education and Formation (The Center) for assistance with the electronic form. 

Please note that this information is used for statistics that must be reported to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USBBC) and so it is necessary that we receive accurate and prompt information. 

In this form we will also be asking if your pastor or deacon will be attending, and if you have anyone who would like to volunteer to help. Please make sure you have this information when you register. 

What Other Resources Might I Need?

Important Information for the Combined Rite - a helpful FAQ sheet including information about travel to the Cathedral and what needs to be brought

Parish Rite of Sending and Recognition (also found in your RCIA book of rites), for use in your parish prior to the Combined Rite

The Archdiocesan RCIA Guidelines, found below in PDF form.

Click here to register your parish!

Questions or concerns should be directed to:

Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Faith Formation
860.242.5573 /

Guidelines and Resources for RCIA Teams

In order to respond to the pastoral needs and practical questions regarding the RCIA process which have arisen since 2003, some clarifications, updates and explanations were added to the Archdiocesan RCIA Guidelines by the staff of the Secretariat for The Center of Catholic Education and Formation. Canonical review and editing was provided by the Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Rev. George S. Mukuka, J.C.L.  

Please note that this document supersedes any previous guidelines or memorandums distributed since 2003.

The RCIA Guidelines are available in PDF form by clicking the links below:

Included in the RCIA Guidelines is a comprehensive list of resources for those involved in RCIA ministry. It includes primary sources, catechetical and liturgical resources, online training opportunities, and more. This list is available separately in a PDF, which can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here.