This unit presumes knowledge of and some experience in the implementation of the RCIA. It aims at deepening and broadening the understanding of the RCIA by studying the theology underpinning the Rite. The unit will explore the following topics: the role of Jesus and the role of the Trinity in the RCIA process; the theology of conversion; the meaning and praxis of catechesis; the theology and the historical development of the sacraments of initiation; the role of the word of God in the process of conversion; the theology of Church and of communion; the theology of ministry and of ministers of the RCIA; the theology and the relationship of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist; mystagogia as commitment, communion and mission.

Unit Code: DL2111C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain the theology underpinning the RCIA and outline the main stages of its historical development.


Articulate the theological and pastoral reasons for the Church’s revision of the initiation rites of adults since Vatican II.


Define the theological principles underlying evangelisation, conversion, catechesis and mystagogia.


Describe the relationship of the three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.


Demonstrate a theological understanding of the sacramentality of the Word of God in the process of conversion.

Unit sequence

CT1000C and CT1001C are strongly recommended




Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2,500 word essay

2500 60.0
Written Examination

1 hour written exam

0 20.0

1000 word essay

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-24 22:48:28 +1000