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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry supports the Boston College community’s full engagement in the Catholic faith by providing opportunities for active involvement in prayer and the sacraments. We encourage students interested in exploring Catholicism, or those looking to continue their faith journey by making the sacraments, to learn about programming offered at Boston College.

Adults interested in joining the Catholic Church do so through a process called the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). The RCIA is a journey of faith which allows you to explore the Catholic Church, go deeper into understanding yourself and God, and be formed in faith by reflecting on God’s Word, and the Catholic community’s life, liturgy and beliefs. This formation process culminates in full membership in the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of initiation:  Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist.

There are generally three categories of people who participate in the RCIA process:

  1. Those who have never been baptized

  2. Those who have been baptized in a Protestant Church (i.e. Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, etc.)

  3. Those who have been baptized in the Catholic Church but never received Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.
     

Frequently Asked Questions about RCIA.

The RCIA program at Boston College begins in September. We meet on Mondays from 7 - 8:30 p.m., beginning on Sept. 10, 2018. If you have questions about becoming a Catholic or the RCIA program, please contact Ellen Modica. You can register for the RCIA program here.

Students who have been baptized and received communion in the Catholic Church but not confirmed are welcome to participate in our Confirmation program which begins in January. Please contact Fr. Tony Penna for more information on this program.

Is it time for you to be confirmed? If you’re a Catholic who has answered this question in the affirmative, we invite you to register online for Campus Ministry’s spring-semester program, which culminates with the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The program consists of a series of conversations about our Catholic faith, with an emphasis on its rich tradition and its heroes, practices and rituals. 

Your baptismal record will be required.

The next program will begin in Winter 2019. The Confirmation Conversations will take place on the following Sundays at noon, at St. Joseph's Chapel (Gonzaga): January 27, February 3, February 10, February 24, and March 24, 2019.

Register here for Confirmation Preparation 2019

The Marriage Preparation program is offered to Boston College Alumni and parishioners of Saint Ignatius Parish through the Office of Campus Ministry at Boston College. The program consists of a series of talks on various topics offered by married couples followed by reflection and discussion by the engaged couples.

This program is offered each Fall and Spring.

The next session of the program will take place on February 9, 2019 and begins with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. The cost of the program is $175. Register for the day here.

Reconciliation is so important in our lives – reconciliation with significant people, reconciliation with ourselves, and reconciliation with God. Campus Ministry offers opportunities in Advent and in Lent to gather and express our sorrow for our mistakes and our sins and to ask God for help and forgiveness. Opportunities for individual confession are offered at each of the services.

If you would like the Sacrament of Reconciliation on an individual basis, please stop by Campus Ministry (McElroy 233) at any time to schedule a time to see one of the priests. You can also call (617) 552-3475 or e-mail ministry@bc.edu for an appointment.

Additionally, Reconciliation is available:
Monday through Friday, from 11:40 AM - 12 PM in St. Mary's Chapel
Monday through Thursday, from 9:40 - 10 PM in St. Joseph's Chapel sacristy
Saturdays from 3:15 - 3:45 PM in St. Ignatius Church

Manresa House is a place for discernment, hospitality, conversation, and spirituality concerned with helping students and staff consider where they feel God might be leading them in their lives. We hope to be a resource for people at any step in the journey, whether you just want to learn more or whether you feel ready to commit to religious life.


 

For additional information please contact Campus Ministry
(617) 552-3475 or ministry@bc.edu