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           

[email protected]


20 Archbishop May Dr,

St. Louis, MO 63119

St. Francis Xavier Church           

[email protected] 


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)  

Adult Baptisms and Reception

Memo Adult Baptisms and Receptions.pdf

Memo Adult Baptisms and Receptions.doc

Christian Initiation in the Spring 2020.pdf

Christian Initiation in the Spring 2020.doc

Sacraments of Christian Initiation.pdf

Sacraments of Christian Initiation.docx

Reception of Baptized Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.pdf

Reception of Baptized Christians into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church.docx

Sunday Resources

Rite of Election 

Dates Assigned to Parishes
Seating Charts
Parish Assignments
Resources for Rite of Election  

Upcoming Workshops 

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