RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Fr. Leo Proxell, Coordinator

Do You Know Someone Who Is Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Most Catholics become members of the Church with their baptism as infants.

They continue their faith journey through education, prayers, formation and the reception of the other sacraments of initiation – Holy Communion and confirmation, as well as the sacrament of reconciliation – when they are older.


Adults and children older than 7 who have not been baptized typically participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  After prayer, study and spiritual direction, they receive the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday night.

 Adults who have been baptized in another Christian tradition may also be welcomed at the Easter Vigil, or at another time.  They are confirmed and receive Communion.


  • Inquirers are welcomed into the community and invited to get to know the Lord Jesus
  • Catechumens learn about the faith through lessons developed from the Scripture readings.
  • The Elect study, pray and reflect during Lent and are initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil.
  • Neophytes continue to deepen their grasp of the paschal mystery and meditate on the Gospel.


 Living life fully as a Catholic means being a disciple of Jesus Christ.

 Jesus told his earliest followers to “go and make disciples” of all people.

We believe the basic elements of discipleship are:

  • *Conversion and prayer
  • *Cathechesis (which means “passing on the faith”) and study
  • *Community and parish involvement
  • *Service and evangelization

 If you would like more information on becoming Catholic or the RCIA program, contact

Father Leo Proxell at lproxell@holyrosarybozeman.org or by calling the parish office at

406-587-4581 to schedule an appointment

If interested in RCIA, down load and fill out this form. It can be placed in the collection basket or mailed to the address on the form. You can also scan and email to hrp@holyrosarybozeman.org


Current Bible studies:

Sunday to Sunday
This is a group of women who have been meeting for several years to discuss the readings of the next Sunday. They meet on Thursday afternoons in the lower level of the church.

Catholic Scripture Studies
A bible study from the Catholic Scripture Study International series. The study lasts into the spring, but takes breaks with the schools and for the holidays. The study includes small group discussion and a 25-minute video lecture. If you would be interested in this and want to find out more, please contact the following people:
– Wednesday morning class – contact Cyndi Huempfner at 223-3424  
– Monday evening class  – contact Don Majerus at 406-599-3424