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Kaitlyn wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am fifteen, and I have not been raised in a religious environment. I have been interested in Catholicism for some time now.

  • Is it possible for me to become Catholic, or do I need to wait until I'm eighteen to complete RCIA



  { Can I become a Catholic if I am 15-years-old but have not been raised in a religious environment? }

Mike replied:

Dear Kaitlyn,

This is a common question; it's even in our searchable knowledge base:

There are a lot of quick answers there, so give it a try.

I searched the knowledge base for you and found this web posting that should answer your question:

In it Mary Ann said:

The Church considers that at 14 you are of an age to convert if you want to, though they may want your parent's permission prior to age 18.

My advice, and I'm sure my team would agree, is to see a Catholic pastor or priest and tell him about your interest in the faith. At the same time, ask about what various ministries the local parish has that you can participate in, in the future.

He may allow you to study some RCIA material ahead of time, assuming you haven't read the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

I hope this helps,


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