The Dept. of Lifelong Faith Formation supports the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the growth of its implementation as envisioned by the Vatican II Council with its adaptation for children. We serve the catechumenate under the Bishop's direction in order to "take steps toward restoring the instruction of adult catechumens or toward adapting it more effectively."(Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church Christus Dominus, no. 14).

 Training and formation is available for leaders and teams by request.

2017 Diocesan Events for the Catechumenate:


5      Rite of Election, 3:30PM, St. Joseph's Cathedral


8      Retreat for Elect, Candidates, Sponsors & Teams (details TBA)

11    Chrism Mass with dismissal of Catechumens, 7:00PM, St. Joseph's Cathedral

30    Mystagogy Mass, 10:30AM, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Bishop Malone presiding


Sr. Barbara Schiavoni, G.N.S.H.,Associate Director (email)

Dept. of Lifelong Faith Formation

Phone: (716) 847-5516

Fax: (716) 847-5593