The Office of Christian Initiation is a department within the Office of Sacred Worship. Responsibilities of the Office of Christian Initiation are to:

  • Support parish catechumenate and initiation ministries,
  • Sponsor Christian Initiation (RCIA) leader and team formation programs, 
  • Offer in-service and formation for Christian Initiation ministries, and
  • Plan and coordinate the annual Rite of Election ceremonies at the Cathedral Basilica.

Joseph Milner serves as the director of the office and is normally in the office on Wednesday. He also serves as Pastoral Associate at St. Francis Xavier College Church on other days. He can be contacted:

Office of Christian Initiation           



20 Archbishop May Dr,

St. Louis, MO 63119

St. Francis Xavier Church           



3628 Lindell Blvd

St. Louis, MO 63108

The Office is assisted by Christian Initiation leaders from throughout the Archdiocese. The team assists in planning formation events and the Rite of Election each year. 

  • JEFF FINNEGAN, Pastoral Associate - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (NE Deanery)
  • NANCY LLOYD, Christian Initiation team member- All Saints (St. Charles Deanery)
  • PAUL SEGURA, Christian Initiation team member - St. Ferdinand (NE Deanery)
  • JEAN STEED, St. Patrick, Wentzville (St. Charles Deanery)
  • LAURA FLANAGAN, Incarnate Word Parish (West County Deanery)
  • MARGARET MANTIA, St. Joan of Arc (South City Deanery)  

Local Events

Workshop for Team members

God has abundantly blessed the Church in St Louis with hundreds of individuals each year who wish to become Christians or who wish to share in the sacramental life of the church.  Many people are needed to minister to these individuals as they make their journey of faith.  Along with new people inquiring about God and the Church, new ministers are needed each year to assist and support them.  

Workshop for Godparents and Sponsors

A workshop for godparents and sponsors will be offered to help those invited to accompany individuals on their journey of faith.  They serve as friends, witnesses to the faith by their lives, and guides as individuals encounter new experiences and practices while coming to know Christ and the Catholic Faith. It is a ministry of great importance as they walk with people who are coming to know the faith community. The workshop, Godparent and Sponsor: Accompanier on the Journey, will be held on Saturday, September 14 at Incarnate Word parish in Chesterfield. Registration information available here.

Workshop on Ministering to the Previously Baptized

This upcoming workshop will examine the spiritual journey of Christians who wish to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church.  Because they are members of the Body of Christ by virtue of the baptism, they are called to grow in their understanding of their baptism and enter a deeper relationship with Christ through the church. Fr. Chuck Barthel, pastor of Mary, Mother of the Church, will lead the workshop.  Ministering to the Previously Baptized will be held on October 19 at Mary, Mother of the Church parish.  Registration will be available in August.  Please visit here for more information.   

Regional Events 

   The Essentials of Christian Initiation

A Foundational Course on the RCIA 

Liturgical Training Publications is offering a six-week introductory online course on Christian Initiation.  here for more information.   

Rite of Election

Dates Assigned to Parishes
Seating Charts
Reservations and Letters

Sample letter to Presider word

Sample Letter to Presider pdf

Resources for Rite of Election    

Resources for RCIA

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (Text Preview by Google Books)

Archdiocesan Guidelines

Guidelines for Implementation of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

USCCB Documents

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Prayer Resources

3-minute Retreat

Need a few moments of reflection during your day? Take a break from your daily routine and check out this 3-minute retreat: www.loyolapress.com.  

Pray as You Go


Sacred Space