Can I become a roman catholic ?
I am 25 years old and a protestant since birth. Is it possible to become a roman catholic ? Or is it something that can only be done when you're little and baptized ?
- 7 years agoFavorite Answer
Call the nearest Parish to you and join the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
"There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church. ....As a matter of fact, if we Catholics believed all of the untruths and lies which were said against the Church, we probably would hate the Church a thousand times more than they do."
Peace be with your spirit
- username_hiddenLv 77 years ago
Yes, you can. The church welcomes new members however old they are when they convert.
The normal way to convert would be to speak to a priest, and tell him that you are interested in becoming Catholic. You would then go through a period of a few months when you recieved instruction in the Catholic faith, to make sure you understood things enough to make an informed commitment. Then, if you wanted to proceed, you would be formally recieved into the church, and would be able to start recieving the sacraments.
If you have already been baptised as a Protestant, the Catholic church would recognise that as a valid baptism. So there would be no need for you to be re-baptised when you ecome Catholic.
- John SLv 77 years ago
As a Catholic..
FIRST.. God Bless ya for asking this question and trying to discern God's will for you, even if it means making changes.
NO, there is NO age restriction.
Thirdly.. Simply go to your local Catholic Church's website and check out their "Faith Formation for Adults" section. Some may call it "catechism"
What you are looking for is information on RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
If you don't find any information, then simply call the Parish office and inqiure about RCIA.
They may have a dedicated volunteer to answer your questions OR they may have someone call ya back. It depends on how they run things.
RCIA typically runs from Fall to Easter in most parishes. So you may have to wait 'til next year to join.
They meet once to twice a week and at least a couple of weekends and teach those interested, about the faith.
You are then allowed to make up any Sacraments (Baptism, Confession, Communion, Confirmation) that you missed. Typically this process takes children several years (from about 8 to 14) but since you are an adult.. you move through a similar process much faster.
IF, at anytime, you feel this is NOT right for you, You can simply stop going.
You'll also be assigned a sponsor, IF you don't know a Catholic adult who can answer your questions. The sponsor is there as a personal mentor and to answer your questions. They are generally volunteers.
One word of caution.. Since the ENTIRE program is generally ran by volunteers.. the quality of the program varies from parish to parish, even sometimes year to year. SOME are nothing more then social clubs and don't teach you much. OTHERS are very theological and philosophical.
So you may need to do some studying about the faith outside of the RCIA program.
I'd recommend posting your questions about the faith on the largest Catholic forums in the world.. http://forums.catholic.com - also using http://www.catholic.com and typing keywords into the search box to discover more about the faith.
Lastly, I'd recommend checking out Catholics Come Home webiste. http://catholiccomehome.org for some great links.
- pepgurliLv 77 years ago
There is no age limit on when a person can become a Catholic. So yes if you would like to become Catholic you can do so, you just need to go through the RCIA program. Contact a local Catholic Church for more info on the program.
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- cristoiglesiaLv 77 years ago
I was 50 years old when I converted from the Protestant faith of which I had been all of my life. I had been a Protestant minister (Moravian) for 25 years prior. Here is an account that I wrote around the time of my conversion that explains what I went through during this time:
- DavidLv 47 years ago
Yes you can, Catholic means Universal, so everyone is invited and everyone can become Catholic at any age. You should read a book called "Rome sweet home" by Dr. Scott Hahn. He also was a protestant who converted to Catholicism, and he did it at an older age than yours.
It is very interesting to read his convertion story and I think you might like it.
May God bless you.
- Nicholas FrancisLv 57 years ago
Yes. You can become Catholic at any age.
You will have to go through a process called RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults)
For more information about this, I advise you to ask the priest at your parish or the pastoral staff.
It may take a while until RCIA starts back up again, you may have to wait until the summer or fall.
You can go to the following site to find local churches near you with Mass times and the parish website if they have one:
I advise you to start attending Mass since it is a critical aspect of the Catholic faith.
Here are some sites that may help you understand the Catholic Mass better:
Additionally, if you want to learn about the Catholic faith and have questions about it, you can ask well-informed Catholics at this site:Source(s): Faithful Catholic
- sparki777Lv 77 years ago
Any person can become Catholic any time they choose to do so. I converted when I was 38, and my husband converted when he was 33. Our parish priest is a convert (mid-30s), and his mom converted when she was in her 80s! There's no age requirements, either minimum or maximum.
- Olive GardenLv 77 years ago
Any one can join the church at any age, anytime. Call your catholic priest and discuss your intentions. He will guide you accdgly. Read Fr Joseph.