Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

"The rite of Christian initiation is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God's help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments fruitfully"

-Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA is How a Person Becomes Catholic

If your heart is leading you to seek a deeper relationship with God, or if you are simply curious about what Catholics believe, then the Rite of Christian Initation of Adults, or RCIA, is the place to start.  It is the process by which the Church teaches the tenets of the faith and how to live the life of a Catholic. 
There are three sacraments of Christian initiation that will bring you into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. These sacraments are Baptism, the Eucharist, and Confirmation.
Depending on what sacraments you may have received, the RCIA process will be modified for you in order to receive the remaining sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church. 

How long does it take to become Catholic?

The RCIA process lasts for a year, however some may choose to take another year in their discernment process.  The final decision of readiness is ultimately made by you in discernment with your sponsor, the RCIA team, and the priest.