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St Francis Xavier Cathedral!
The oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

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St. Francis Xavier Cathedral!
Located on West & West Hill Streets in Nassau, Bahamas.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (often abbreviated RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Children who were not baptized as infants are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).

RCIA is primarily a journey of faith. It is a restoration of the ancient practice of initiation in the church.  It is focused on conversion, whereby the candidates enter into an extended period of formation and conversion through prayer and reflection on the Gospels.          

It is also a communal journey in which the church community ritually celebrates conversion at various points during the journey. The RCIA is not a program but a sacramental process in which candidates are fully initiated into the Catholic faith.

RCIA Meetings in our Parish.

All Catholic adults who have not yet made their First Communion or received the Sacrament of Confirmation and other adults who wish to know more about our Catholic Faith are cordially invited to attend the RCIA meetings every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the new cathedral.

Office hours

  • Monday through Friday:
    9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time 
    (US & Canada)

Contact Us

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  • You may also call us at: 
    242-356-3008 / 9