Kaleigh Rose Drew, an elementary/special education major from Glenville, N.Y., and Jacob Anthony Witter, a childhood studies major from Wellsville, N.Y., were received into the Roman Catholic Church and received all the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Terence Arthur Petty, a marketing major from Fort Plain, N.Y., and Danielle Elizabeth Antonelli, a psychology major from Rochester, N.Y., who were already baptized Catholic, received the Sacrament of Confirmation to complete their initiation.
Officially known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, it is the process by which adults are introduced into the Roman Catholic religion. In order to complete the process, those participating must receive the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
“I’m happy about my baptism and confirmation, it’s a new beginning for me to grow and expand my faith. I am fortunate about the amount of support and help throughout this process,” said Witter.
Sr. Elise Mora, O.S.F., who directs the RCIA program, said four or five students are initiated per year.
“The process normally takes more than a year, however, we work around the academic calendar when students are on campus,” she said.
There are three major rites in the RCIA process: The Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, The Rite of Election, and the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation. Each of these rites is followed by a period (or stage) during which they learn more about the Church, about faith and about the commitment they are making.
Sr. Elise believes students are inspired by the milieu of the university and other students to complete their initiation at St. Bonaventure.
“It is one of the greatest delights of my life, to have the privilege of accompanying the students through this part of their faith journey,” Sr. Elise said.
Any students who are interested in participating in the program next fall can contact Sr. Elise Mora, O.S.F., by phone at (716) 375-2465 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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