Welcome to the Catholic Online School RCIA program! Our video-based program is meticulously and prayerfully designed to comprehensively and systematically catechize catechumens to receive the sacraments of initiation. 

It’s also designed to prepare candidates already baptized for entry into full communion with the Church. Our program not only helps to facilitate conversion and growth in intimacy with Christ, it provides a complete means of educating people in the belief and teaching of the Church.

Perhaps your unfamiliar with what an RCIA program is? In this introduction, we’ll give you some of the basics, so you’ll have some understanding about what the process entails and who it’s for.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Program Introduction - Lesson 1 - Understanding the Basics

    • Lesson 1 - Understanding the Basics - SCRIPTURE

    • Lesson 1 - Understanding the Basics - Lesson Plan / Study Guide

    • Lesson 1 - Understanding the Basics - VIDEO

    • Lesson 1 - Understanding the Basics - PRAYER

  • 02

    Program Introduction - Lesson 2 - Early Catechumens in The Church

    • Lesson 2 - Early Catechumens in The Church - SCRIPTURE

    • Lesson 2 - Early Catechumens in The Church - Lesson Plan / Study Guide

    • Lesson 2 - Early Catechumens in The Church - VIDEO

    • Lesson 2 - Early Catechumens in The Church - PRAYER

  • 03

    Program Introduction - Lesson 3 - Steps Along the Way

    • Lesson 3 - Steps Along the Way - SCRIPTURE

    • Lesson 3 - Steps Along the Way - Lesson Plan / Study Guide

    • Lesson 3 - Steps Along the Way - VIDEO

    • Lesson 3 - Steps Along the Way - PRAYER

  • 04

    Program Introduction - Lesson 4 - The Process of Conversion

    • Lesson 4 - The Process of Conversion - SCRIPTURE

    • Lesson 4 - The Process of Conversion - Lesson Plan / Study Guide

    • Lesson 4 - The Process of Conversion - VIDEO

    • Lesson 4 - The Process of Conversion - PRAYER

  • 05

    Program Introduction - Lesson 5 - The Final Goal

    • Lesson 5 - The Final Goal - SCRIPTURE

    • Lesson 5 - The Final Goal - Lesson Plan / Study Guide

    • Lesson 5 - The Final Goal - VIDEO

    • Lesson 5 - The Final Goal - PRAYER

  • 06

    Program Introduction - Lesson 6 - What Do I Need to Do to Get Started?

    • Lesson 6 - What Do I Need to Do to Get Started? - SCRIPTURE

    • Lesson 6 - What Do I Need to Do to Get Started? - Lesson Plan / Study Guide

    • Lesson 6 - What Do I Need to Do to Get Started? - VIDEO

    • Lesson 6 - What Do I Need to Do to Get Started? - PRAYER

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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