The Loras College Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program is for students, faculty, or staff that are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church. Some come to learn and understand what the Catholic Church teaches so that they are more familiar with it. Others have decided that they are possibly interested in becoming Catholic. Finally, there are some that are already Catholic but have not yet received the sacrament of confirmation and are ready for that.
We meet weekly on Sunday evenings beginning in the fall until the Sunday after Easter. Those who decide that they would like to come into the Catholic Church as well as those who would like to get confirmed, celebrate the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist at our Initiation liturgy on the Sunday after Easter. Typically in the Catholic Church, these sacraments of initiation are celebrated on Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil. Because our students are on Easter/Spring break at this time, we celebrate our sacraments on the following Sunday evening.
The number of candidates varies from year to year. It is always such a joy to get to walk with those interested in learning about and/or coming into the Catholic Church. It is a great journey for each of our candidates as well as those Catholic students who walk with them as their faith companions throughout the year long journey.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss our RCIA program further.
Spiritual Life Pastoral Associate