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“Ask a Priest: Could a Convicted Felon Become a Catholic?”
Q: Could you explain the steps I would need to take to become a Catholic? And would the Catholic Church allow me to become a member if I am a convicted felon? -G.
Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC
A: It is good to hear that you are interested in entering the Church. Being a convicted felon is no bar to your becoming Catholic. We are all sinners, so we all need Christ’s mercy. He extends that mercy in a particular through the Church and through the sacraments.
To join the Church you would need to be introduced to its teachings and practices.
A good first step would be to contact a Catholic parish and ask about entering an RCIA program. The RCIA is a program that will teach you about the beliefs and practices of the Church.
It would be helpful to find a sponsor, a Catholic who could accompany you on your spiritual journey.
Try to make time for prayer each day. Read the Gospels and get to know the person of Jesus Christ; he is the head of the Catholic Church and the reason why any of us is here. I wish you well on your journey.