Become Catholic

Everyone is called to be Catholic. Since we firmly believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life and that body of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church, St. Gertrude Church is happy to be welcoming new Catholics. We believe in preparing you to enjoy the life of prayer and the knowledge of God.

If you are interested in becoming Catholic, no matter how far along you are in your inquiry or journey, feel free to contact Kristen Eggers at or 513.561.8369. 


St. Gertrude has weekly spiritual and theological formation for adults entering the Church. Here are the details:

  • The Become Catholic program will begin on Sept. 21, 2020 and continue until Pentecost (mid-May this year).
  • We will meet in the St. Gertrude Parish Center from 7-9pm.
  • Per the Governor’s orders, face coverings will be required unless otherwise noted.
  • Meetings comprise theological instruction, a period of group prayer, and discussion.
  • Classes are usually taught by Dominican priests with lay leaders helping to promote prayer and lead discussions. Members of the parish community participate as sponsors connecting new Catholics, or those interested in becoming Catholic, the wider St. Gertrude community.

In addition to those interested in joining the Catholic faith, our formation course is open to adult Catholics who have not completed their sacraments or have been away from the practice of their faith.

Formation meetings are part of the program for non-Christians, who are seeking baptism, non-Catholic Christians, who are seeking full communion with Church, and people who were baptized Catholics but never received the other sacraments. Catholics seeking Confirmation as adults are often asked to participate to receive adult-level instruction in the faith.

What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the Church’s formal series of rituals (rites) which lead up to and include baptism for adults. These rites mark the Church year as the catechumen, one preparing for baptism, prepares to enter the Church. There are parallel rites celebrated for non-Catholic Christians.

How do I get involved?

Please contact Kristen Eggers at or 513.561.8369 to get more information and to get on the email list. You can also sign up by using this Google form to be added to the email list.