Becoming Catholic

Would you like to know more about becoming Catholic?
Do you desire a stronger relationship with Jesus?
Do you wonder what the Catholic faith is all about?
Are you resonating with the Jesuit values we hold here at Canisius, but are looking for a deeper committment to them?

These and more are good questions to explore in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  RCIA is usually a two-semester process where people explore whether they would like to commit to becoming Catholic or not.  The process most often concludes with people receiving the sacraments of Eucharist (better known as communion) and Confirmation and are considered full members of the Catholic Church upon completion.

Adult Confirmation is for people who are already Catholic but did not receive the sacrament of Confirmation during their teenage years.  It consists of four classes in the Spring Semester and concludes with the reception of the sacrament, usually in April.  If you have not received the sacraments of Baptism or Eucharist and wish to become Catholic, you need to do a full RCIA class.  

For more details on RCIA or Adult Confirmation, please contact Fr. Jack Mattimore at (716) 888-2438 or by email at