The normal process for a person exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic is called the Christian Initiation, a combination of catechetical sessions and public rituals. The process, of no particular length of time, is structured considering the background and questions of the person, while providing a broadly based understanding of the Church. The goal is always to offer a thorough presentation of the Church’s life and teaching to enable the person to make an informed decision about becoming Catholic.
At the Cathedral, a person may enter the process at any time during the year by participating in the Inquiry Gatherings held every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Library on the lower level of the Cathedral. No registration is required. At these gatherings, members of the Initiation Ministries Team listen to the inquirer, doing their best to answer initial questions. They also share their own experiences of coming to relationship with Christ and being involved in the life of the Church. The Inquirer is always free to decide to return to the next session, to postpone, or to end the process.
If an Inquirer continues in the process through the celebration of the first public ritual, a sponsor will be assigned to continue the journey with the catechumen, a previously unbaptized person, or the candidate, one baptized previously in another faith tradition.
For more information, please contact Sally Greene, Initiation Ministries Coordinator (901) 483-3656. .