This unit presumes a 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: DL9111C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

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;


Evaluate an understanding of the theological and pastoral reasons for the Church’s revision of the initiation rites of adults since Vatican II;


Interpret the theological principles underlying evangelisation, conversion, catechesis and mystagogia;


Distinguish 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.


Define, plan and undertake a topic of research in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.




Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2500 word essay

2500 40.0

4500 word essay

4500 60.0

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