Elms College Celebrates Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults

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Twenty members of the Elms College community received the sacraments of initiation.

Twenty members of the Elms College community celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation on Friday, April 13 in Our Lady’s Chapel on the college campus. Monsignor Christopher D. Connelly, vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield, administered the sacraments as part of the college’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.

RCIA is an initiation program that prepares individuals for full sacramental initiation into the Catholic faith through the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. The annual program is sponsored by Elms College Campus Ministry.

Candidates for the sacraments have completed a semester-long preparation course. Each candidate has selected a sponsor who is a confirmed Catholic willing to support the RCIA candidate on his or her journey of faith and life.

“The annual celebration of the RCIA is one of the highlights of the Easter season at Elms College,” said Father Mark Stelzer, Elms College chaplain. “The 20 members of our community received into full communion with the Church this year embody the college’s commitment to programming that enhances our Catholic identity.”

For more information about the sacraments or RCIA, contact Father Mark Stelzer at stelzernm(at)elms(dot)edu or 413-265-2590.

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