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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.

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.


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While the journey takes varying amounts of time for each person, there are several defined steps in the process.

The period of Inquiry is a time for asking questions and finding out more about the Church and its life of faith.

The Catechumenate begins with the Rite of Acceptance and Welcome.  During this period there are weekly meetings to pray, share the scriptures and how they relate to one’s life, and to reflect on the Catholic faith and one’s response to it.

The period of Purification and Enlightenment begins with the first Sunday of Lent, when the Rite of Election is celebrated.  This period continues the reflection on scripture and one’s own life, focusing now upon Lenten themes: liberation from sin, deepening in prayer, works of charity and sacrifice. It culminates with the reception of the sacraments of initiation during the Easter season.

Mystagogy, the time directly after the sacraments of initiation have been received, is when new Church members reflect further on their understanding of the Easter sacraments, become better integrated into the faith community, and discover how they can participate in the Church Community into which they have been welcomed.

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Register for the next RCIA program

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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 on-line for Campus Ministry’s spring-semester program, which culminates with the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Ignatius Church on Friday, April 27, 2018, at 7 PM.

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. All conversations take place at St. Joseph Chapel in Gonzaga Hall from 12 to 1 PM. on the following Sundays: January 28; February 4,11, and 25; March 11 and April 15.

Register here. Once registered you will receive additional information about the program. Your baptismal record will be required.

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What is Adoration?

Adoration is a form of prayer that occurs in the presence of the Body of Christ. During Adoration a Consecrated Host is placed in a viewing vessel called a monstrance, allowing the adorer the opportunity to pray and listen to God in their lives while in the real presence of Christ. Adoration is a time for reflection, prayer, and silence, and it has been a significant part of the lives of those students in the St. Thomas More Society, Sons of St. Patrick, Gratia Plena and others.

Eucharistic Benediction

School of Theology and Ministry Chapel: 9 Lake St. (Brighton Campus)
Every Wednesday starting at 8 PM

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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 October 6, 2018. The day will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30 AM and end at 5 PM. 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 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: Vocation Resource at BC

Manresa House is a place for discernment, hospitality, conversation and spirituality.  Here at Manresa House, we are concerned with helping students and staff consider and discern where they feel God might be leading them in their life journey.  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.

The Society of Jesus: Becoming a Jesuit

The Society of Jesus is a Roman Catholic international religious order of some 20,000 men on six continents and in 124 countries throughout the world. Members of the Society of Jesus (or Jesuits) might be either priests, brothers or scholastics who are studying to become priests. A man becomes a Jesuit after a two-year novitiate program at the end of which he pronounces perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Jesuits work in parish and retreat ministry, in high schools and colleges. They may be found working as lawyers and doctors, psychologists and counselors, writers and journalists, theologians and philosophers, researchers and scientists. In short, Jesuits do all kinds of work. Their mission is everywhere and always the promotion of faith in Jesus Christ and the justice demanded by that faith. Jesuits seek to make Christ's Kingdom available to our times. They are men with a singular passion: to do the world a world of good. 

The Archdiocese of Boston: A Diocesan Priest

"A vocation to priesthood or religious life is a gift from God and a blessing for the Church. A life dedicated to the service of the Lord and His people is filled with joy and a true sense of mission. May our hearts and minds always be open to the words of Jesus given to each one of us, 'Come, follow me'."   
              - Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston

Also, check out Consecrated Life; this website was created to provide information specifically for women discerning religious life in the Roman Catholic Church.

Religious Communities in the Archdiocese



For additional information please contact Campus Ministry
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