Campus Ministry of St. Joseph's University offers a formation process which culminating in the reception of the sacraments of initiation, which are Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The program involves a journey of faith and conversion in which a person is introduced to the beliefs, life, liturgy, and apostolic work of the Catholic Community. This program is officially called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). At SJU, it will run throughout the fall and spring semester with the sacraments of initiation being received at Easter.
The RCIA is designed primarily for those desiring Baptism. However, since Christians who are already baptized in another denomination may be seeking membership in the Catholic Church, the RCIA is adapted to their needs. Finally, the RCIA can also be adapted to the needs of those who have been baptized as Catholics but were unable to complete their initiation as members of the Church and are now seeking the sacrament of Confirmation. Both of these adaptations attempt to meet the needs and desires of each participant.
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