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

     Lenten Prayer 2019.pdf

Regional Events 

Rite of Election

Dates Assigned to Parishes

Parish Assignments Revised.pdf

Seating Charts

Saturday 2019 Seating Chart.pdf

Sunday 2019 Seating Chart.pdf

Reservations and Letters

Rite of Election 3rd Letter 2019.pdf

Rite of Election 2nd Letter.pdf

Rite of Election 1st Letter word

Rite of Election 1st Letter pdf

Reservation 2019 word

Reservation 2019 pdf

Sample letter to Presider word

Sample Letter to Presider pdf

Resources for Rite of Election

     Instructions for Coordinators 2019.pdf

     Draft Program.pdf

     Invitation to Blessing.pdf

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