At the 8:00 Mass on the Sunday after Easter, known as Divine Mercy Sunday, Loras welcomed three new Duhawks into the Catholic community: Kalli Miner, Sarah Statz and Kayla Ambrosy. All three candidates received the sacrament of Confirmation, and Miner was accepted as a full member of the church and received her first Holy Communion.
Coordinated by campus minister Debbie Gross, the Loras RCIA program, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, looks to bring adults into full membership of the Roman Catholic Church. Each candidate seeking full membership prepares for their initiation many months in advance of Easter by learning about the faith and what it means to be a member of the Catholic community.
They do not have to go through this process alone. Candidates are asked to choose a practicing Catholic to sponsor them on their journey of faith. Sponsors are there to support the candidate, to encourage them to learn about and question their faith journey, and to continue to connect with them after they are initiated into the Church. Each Duhawk initiated this year chose a fellow Duhawk to be their sponsor.
After the Mass, all three new members were honored at a reception in Wahlert Hall, where other students congratulated and welcomed them into the community of faith.