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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process offered to non-Catholic adults who are interested in becoming Catholic, and for Catholics interested in learning more about their faith or those preparing for Confirmation. Participants meet with the teaching team on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Duchesne Center beginning in September and continuing through Holy Saturday which is when the Candidates and Catechumens are brought into the faith.  Then there are several classes that take place after Holy Saturday to help the group transition into parish life.   

If you are interested in joining the Catholic Faith, please contact us at the Parish Office, 314-837-3165.  Coordinator: Sue Russell, 314-972-1376 (home), 314-327-1790 (cell) or

The R.C.I.A. team is looking for people in our parish to dedicate time as sponsors for the candidates wishing to become Catholic. A sponsor assists and guides the candidate throughout the year as teacher, counselor and friend. This ministry can be very rewarding in that the sponsor becomes very close to the candidate while the candidate, preparing to profess their faith, comes closer to God.

St. Ferdinand RCIA ~ Mission Statement

We are disciples of Jesus Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit, who are called to “Go and make disciples of nations", by serving as catechists for our parish community.  We are privileged witnesses of all those who are starting on their own spiritual journey to come and seek Christ through the telling of our stories, sharing life experiences, and opening of our minds and hearts to the Word of God.  We are dependent on the flow of Christ's love through us as we advise and guide them in an environment of prayer and trust, viewing them with the eyes of Christ.  We will do this through the catechesis of the Catholic Faith, breaking open the word of God and receiving the Sacraments.