The Cathedral of Saint Thomas More News:


If you are interested in becoming Catholic — whether by Baptism (if you have never been baptized) or Profession of Faith (if you have been baptized in another religion) or if you would like to find out what the Catholic Church is all about — this program is for you.

Those who discern that they would like to become Catholic will receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil Mass. In addition to the weekly sessions, we celebrate the Rites and Blessings of the RCIA on several different Sundays throughout the year.

RCIA classes are held on Mondays beginning in September 2023.  If you would like more information, please complete the form below.

Inquirer Information Form


For more information, please contact the Director of Christian Initiation, Rev. Nicholas Barnes, at 703-525-1300 or

RCIA Schedule 2023-2024

September 11—Introduction and overview of RCIA process 

September 18—Existence of God, Divine Revelation, and History of Salvation (CCC 26-73)  

September 25—Sacred Scripture and Tradition (CCC 74-184) 

October 2—Jesus Christ (CCC 484-534) 

October 16—The Church—One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic (CCC 748-945) 

October 23—Sin and Grace (396-421; 1854-1864; 1996-2005) 

October 30—Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory (CCC 992-1065) 

November 6—Mary and the Saints (CCC 487-511; 946-987) 

November 13—Sacraments and the Liturgy (CCC 1066-1209) 

November 27—Baptism and Confirmation (CCC 1210-1321) 

December 4—Confession and Anointing of the Sick (CCC 1420-1532) 

December 11—Marriage and Holy Orders (CCC 1533-1666) 

December 18—The Eucharist (CCC 1322-1419) 

January 8—The Mass (CCC 1322-1419) 

January 22—Prayer, Devotions, and Sacramentals (CCC 1667-1690; 2558-2865) 

January 29—Morality and Formation of Conscience (CCC 1700-1845) 

February 5—The Ten Commandments, 1-4 (CCC 2052-2257) 

February 12—The Ten Commandments, 5-10 (CCC 2258-2557) 

February 26—Church Tour 

March 4—Confession and Holy Communion Practice, Precepts of the Church 

March 11—Candidate Interviews 

March 18—Final Questions or Snow make up session 

April 8—Celebratory Dinner 

April 15—Universal call to holiness: virtues and lives of the saints 

April 22—Prayer, Confession, service, and parish life 

 Additional Items and Dates 

  • Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Washington D.C. TBA 
  • Rite of Election TBA 
  • Ash Wednesday February 14 
  • March 28 Holy Thursday 
  • March 29 Good Friday 
  • March 30 Rehearsal for Easter Vigil AM 
  • March 30 Easter Vigil Mass 8:30 PM 

RCIA Instructors Lay Team 

Father Posey, Rector
David Ballintyn           
Father Barnes, Parochial Vicar,
Sarah Reidy  
Peter Bouffard