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    Six Royals Become Members of the Catholic Church

    May 5, 2021

    The Catholic Catechism states that Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. Even with the pandemic restrictions, celebrating the Eucharist has remained the source and summit for the Catholic community for our University. There is no greater example of this than the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) facilitated by Campus Ministries. This rite centers around Sunday Mass and seeks to include the whole worshipping community in the process of preparing candidates and catechumens for the sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

    This year, three Confirmation candidates, two full Communion candidates and one catechumen (someone who is seeking baptism) received the three sacraments of initiation on April 18. Their preparation, coordinated by campus minister for Sacramental Formation Fred Mercadante, included liturgical rites throughout the year and breaking open the word weekly during Lent.

    Congratulations and welcome to these new, fully initiated members of the Catholic Church: Chloe Schubert ‘22, Kelsey Schatz ‘23, Elizabeth Anzures ‘24, Ariana Flores ‘24, Elaine Musa ‘24 and graduate student Connor Zorger.

    Chloe Schubert ’22, an early and primary teacher education major, was baptized in the Byron Center last month. 

    2021-04-18-19.20.20.jpg“Being a part of the RCIA process was a special experience during my college career. Deeper reflection on the Gospel each week allowed me to be confident and intentional in choosing to fully join the Church," she said. "I am grateful to the Church community for supporting me through my journey and the relationships I have made with my peers during the process. Without the backing of the University community, I’m not sure I would have made such an important decision at this age.”

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