Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Mission Integration


The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. the visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1131).

If you are considering becoming Catholic or getting baptized, here are some things to do that will help you along your spiritual journey:

Madonna della Strada Chapel and Rosary Chapel at Saint Joseph Hall at the Lake Shore Campus, and All Saints Chapel at the Water Tower Campus are not parish churches and we do not offer the Sacrament of Baptism to children (Code of Canon Law 857 para. 2).

For Loyola students who have never been baptized, Loyola University Campus Ministry offers the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (see below), which prepares students to receive this sacrament and to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.

Classes begin the week of September 20!

To register for this year's classes or to learn more, please contact John Paul Salay.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) refers to the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist as well as to other rituals that prepare adults who have never been baptized, or who have been baptized in a non-Catholic church, to receive these Sacraments and become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.

This year, the program will begin September 20, and last until April 11, 2021, only meeting when classes are in session. It will be a hybrid of Zoom classes and in person Masses on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at the chapel (following all the social distancing guidelines of the State of Illinois and Catholic Church). Since part of the process is getting used to attending Mass and becoming a part of a specific worshiping community, attending Mass together in person is important.

The format will be:

  • 90 min. weekly class/discussion on Zoom (day and time TBD by everyone's schedules) beginning in mid-September and meeting every week when classes are in session.
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. at the chapel, including a brief "break out" session after the first part of Mass.

The rites are liturgical celebrations that mark several important steps along one’s spiritual journey:

  • The Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate – The worshiping community officially welcomes those who make a formal response to Christ’s call to conversion.
  • The Enrollment of Names – At the beginning of Lent, the bishop makes an official list of the names of those who desire to be baptized on Easter.
  • Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation – During the Great Vigil of Easter (Easter Eve), those who have been prepared are Baptized and/or Confirmed and receive their first Holy Communion.

In between these important liturgical celebrations, there are several periods of time that give people opportunities to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Faith and in their relationship to Christ and the local worshiping community.

  • Inquiry – There will be several informal opportunities when people can receive information about Christian Initiation and becoming Catholic.
  • Catechumenate – For several months when classes are in session, catechumens (literally, “learners") meet weekly online or in person to listen, learn, and respond to presentations about the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Faith.
  • Purification and Enlightenment – During Lent, those who will be baptized focus on conversion, and the worshiping community offers special prayers for them.
  • Mystagogy – Those who received the Sacraments on Easter, continue to grow in their faith during the Easter season.

The RCIA is designed for any of the following Loyola University students:

  • Non-Catholics
  • Non-Christians
  • Those baptized in a Protestant Church (e.g., Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, non-denominational, etc.)
  • Baptized Catholics who have not received First Holy Communion or religious instruction
  • Anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Church

The time commitment is 90 minutes of online instruction per week when classes are in session, in addition to attending the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass together.

For more information, please contact Dr. John Paul Salay.


Frequently Asked Questions

The sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated by an auxiliary bishop or the archbishop of Chicago during a Sunday Mass at Madonna della Strada Chapel. In preparation for receiving this sacrament, students must attend a free ten-week course, which includes a review of the important teachings of the Catholic Church, prayer and spiritual formation, and a personal analysis of one's own spiritual gifts. The classes will be online or in person, depending on the status of reopening the Univeristy. Confirmation will be scheduled for a Sunday Mass, pending the bishop’s approval.


Classes begin January 27, 2021.

All classes will be on Zoom.

To register for these free classes,contact Dr. John Paul Salay.


Loyola students who meet all of the following requirements are eligible for Confirmation at Madonna della Strada Chapel:

  1. Current Loyola University student
  2. Baptized Catholic -- a copy of the baptismal certificate must be provided
  3. Attended Catholic religious education classes (e.g., CCD or religion class in a Catholic grade school)
  4. Received First Holy Communion

If you do not meet all of the above requirements or if you are not Catholic please see the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (see above).

For more information, please contact Dr. John Paul Salay.


Click here to watch the video on why we get confirmed.

The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church's life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1407).

At Loyola Univeristy Chicago, we have weekly and daily opportunities to celebrate the Eucharist. Please see our Liturgy Schedule for a Mass at one of our campuses.

Confessions are heard every Sunday from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. No registration is required. Please check in with Campus Ministry staff outside the door of Damen Student Center 217, which is down the hallway from the Sr. Jean Multipurpose Room on the second floor of Damen. You will need your Loyola ID to eneter Damen Student Center.

If you cannot join us at Loyola, the Sacrament of Reconciliation may be available at the following nearby parishes: Saint Gertrude, Saint Ignatius and Holy Name Cathedral.

For more information about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, click here.

To learn how to make a good confession, click here.

Catholics believe that marriage comes as a gift from the hand of God. The Catholic vision of marriage is rooted in Sacred Scripture and is expressed in the teachings and practices of the Church. It has these main elements:

  • Marriage unites a couple in faithful and mutual love.
  • Marriage opens a couple to giving life.
  • Marriage is a way to respond to God’s call to holiness.
  • Marriage calls the couple to be a sign of Christ’s love in the world.

Loyola University Chicago is happy to offer Madonna della Strada Chapel as a place to celebrate weddings within the Roman Catholic liturgy.

For further information please visit www.luc.edu/mdsweddings.

Ordinations of Jesuits can be performed at Loyola University Chicago. More information on the Jesuits can be found at the website for the Jesuits Chicago Province.