As a priest, deacon, or catechist involved in facilitating and teaching an RCIA program, it’s important to have a solid understanding of the various periods, steps, and rites incorporated in the formation process of the candidates for the catechumenate, as well as how previously baptized Christians can take part in RCIA.

In this second series of videos on the contents section of the RCIA, we’ll walk you through some of the main information necessary to understand the structure and implementation of the RCIA process. We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Christian initiation of children who have reached catechetical age
  • Christian initiation of adults in exceptional circumstances
  • Christian initiation of a person in danger of death
  • Preparation of uncatechized adults to receive confirmation and eucharist
  • Reception of baptized Christians into the full communion of the Catholic Church


Rest assured, we’ve made every effort in this series of videos to provide you with the knowledge you need to facilitate an RCIA program with confidence.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    An Introduction to RCIA - For Catechists - Contents Part 2: Rites for Particular Circumstances with 'Certificate of Completion'

    • How to get your 'Certificate of Completion'

  • 02

    Lesson 1 - Christian Initiation of Children Who Have Reached Catechetical Age

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 1 - Christian Initiation of Children Who Have Reached Catechetical Age - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 1 - Christian Initiation of Children Who Have Reached Catechetical Age - VIDEO

  • 03

    Lesson 2 - Christian Initiation of Adults In Exceptional Circumstances

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 2 - Christian Initiation of Adults In Exceptional Circumstances - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 2 - Christian Initiation of Adults In Exceptional Circumstances - VIDEO

  • 04

    Lesson 3 - Christian Initiation of A Person In Danger of Death

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 3 - Christian Initiation of A Person In Danger of Death - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 3 - Christian Initiation of A Person In Danger of Death - VIDEO

  • 05

    Lesson 4 - Preparation of Uncatechized Adults for Confirmation and Eucharist

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 4 - Preparation of Uncatechized Adults for Confirmation and Eucharist - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 4 - Preparation of Uncatechized Adults for Confirmation and Eucharist - VIDEO

  • 06

    Lesson 5 - Reception of Baptized Christians Into The Full Communion of The Catholic Church

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 5 - Reception of Baptized Christians Into The Full Communion of The Catholic Church - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 5 - Reception of Baptized Christians Into The Full Communion of The Catholic Church - VIDEO

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Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (joyintruth.com), an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children. Professor Bartels is Chairman of the Theology Department.

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Professor of Theology, Department Chair