Converting to Catholicism: RCIA Tips

Reaching out to adults looking to convert to Catholicism and guiding them through RCIA is a key part of parish ministry. Today, Dave “Not a Mouth Breather” VanVickle and I discuss different ways to run an RCIA program at a parish and offer helpful tips in preparing adults to enter the Catholic Church.

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“Connection is more important than perfection.”


Converting to Catholicism is a journey that must accompanied by the lives of the saints, community life, prayer and theology.


RCIA Core Themes:

It is important for RCIA candidates to understand these four key themes:

  • God
  • Faith
  • Prayer
  • Church Authority

Practical Takeaways

  1. Do an audit of your parish/program website to make sure it’s easy to navigate for people looking to convert to Catholicism. Make sure you provide helpful information and resources for non-Catholics.
  2. Weave in Catholic culture in your RCIA program. Include the saints, devotions, and prayer.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions in a loving manner as you guide RCIA candidates. 


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael spent 17 years in full-time parish ministry and is now the Mission Evangelist for That Man Is You!, a men’s apostolate for Paradisus Dei. Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish missions all over the US and Canada.

He is the founder and creative director of, and hosts three Catholic podcasts: Every Knee Shall Bow, Catching Foxes, and Becoming God.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and has four beautiful and hilarious children: Kateri, Cecilia, Noah, and Thomas.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave married his late wife Amber in 2010. He now resides in Pittsburgh with his five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

1 Comment

  1. Do you offer RCIA Classes on line?
    If not,…
    What on line RCIA classes do you recommend?
    Thank you, God Bless


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