Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development


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:

‌Since Madonna della Strada Chapel is not a parish church, we cannot offer the Sacrament of Baptism to children (Code of Canon Law 857 para. 2).

For students who have never been baptized, Loyola University offers the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, which refers to the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist as well as to other rituals that prepare adults to receive these Sacraments and to become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church.

Information Session

September 8, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Cuneo 107


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.

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

  • The Rite of Acceptance into the Catechumenate – In late November, 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, 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 meetings where people can receive information about Christian Initiation and becoming Catholic.
  • Catechumenate – For several months, catechumens (literally, “learners") meet weekly to pray and reflect on the Catholic Faith and their response to it.
  • 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


  • Sunday evenings when classes are in session: September through April.
  • New classes will begin with an information session on September 8, 2019.


  • Cuneo 107



Frequently Asked Questions

Confirmation Classes are offered only during the Fall Semester.

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

Classes begin September 11, 2019!

Enrollment is now open. 


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 begin on September 11, and meet for ninety minutes from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for ten weeks during the fall semester. Confirmation is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, November 17, pending the bishop’s approval.


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 (above).


  • Our next classes will begin in September 11, 2019. For more information or if you would like to register, please contact Dr. John Paul Salay.

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.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation ("Confession") is celebrated in Madonna della Strada Chapel's reconciliation room, which is located at the north-west corner of the building.

Confessions are heard on Sunday and Monday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. when classes are in session. On Sunday evenings, confessions conclude before Mass begins.

  • If you cannot participate on Sunday evenings, you may schedule a time to make confession by calling the Jesuit Residence at 773.508.8800.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also available at the following nearby parishes: Saint Gertrude, Saint Ignatius and Holy Name Cathedral.
  • More about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, click here.
  • 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. Here is helpful information for those contemplating a wedding in Madonna della Strada Chapel:

  • Reservations are being taken for the calendar year 2018 and 2019. You can inquire about a date by emailing mds@luc.edu.
  • Reservations for 2020 will be taken beginning January 14, 2019.
  • At least one of the parties, bride or groom, must be Catholic. We cannot offer wedding ceremonies of other denominations or faiths.  The chapel is not available for rent.

For those who have begun the process of getting married in Madonna della Strada Chapel, please visit www.luc.edu/mdsweddings to complete your arrangements.

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.