Mission & Evangelisation

Becoming Catholic


This organisation is a service of the Archdiocese of Sydney.


Encounter is an agency of the Archdiocese which takes care of the Catechumenate. The Catechumenate is a process of Christian formation offered to those who seek to become members of the Catholic Church. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) refers to the liturgical rites belonging to the Catechumenate, and includes an adaptation for children.

The Catechumenate, also known simply as RCIA, is offered to those who have never been baptised, as well as to those who have been baptised.

The unbaptised who are suitably prepared are joyfully received into the Catholic Church by the reception of the three Sacraments of Initiation, namely Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The baptised who are suitably prepared are welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church by the reception of the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.
Contact Catherine Kennedy, Encounter Director
Address: Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool Street  Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: (02) 9307 8499
Email: becomingcatholic@sydneycatholic.org
Website: http://www.rcia.org.au