Date of Award

Spring April 2015

Access Restriction

Campus Access only Research Projects

Degree Name

Master of Arts



School or College

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Brett C. Hoover


This thesis examines the steps which should be taken to foster a true conversion of heart and mind for those in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The area of focus is on the individual who is looking to join the faith and then be married in the Catholic Church. Attrition within this group is observed at an early stage which leads to the pastoral issue of whether there is a true conversion to the Catholic faith, or whether this journey is seen by the convert as a means to be married in the church. Understanding the importance of adult faith formation and its impact on a person’s journey, is of great importance to the future of the Catholic Church. The journey should help the individual establish a base for further growth in the areas of prayer, scripture, and the emphasis of community.