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Spiritual Formation

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) & Confirmation Preparation

RCIA is the process for individuals to become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church. The sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist celebrate our membership in the Catholic Church. Those who wish to become Catholic and those who are baptized and now wish to be in full communion with the Church participate in this preparation process that is intertwined with the liturgical life (Mass), the ministerial life (campus ministries), and the mission life (justice and service) of the University.

Through RCIA, candidates are introduced to the community, beliefs, liturgy, and apostolic work of the Church. The process starts for each individual whenever they are ready to come forward and culminates with the celebration of the initiation sacraments when “readiness” is discerned (usually during the Easter season). Because University life flows with an academic calendar, most people begin the process at the beginning of the Fall semester and celebrate the sacraments toward the end of the Spring semester.  Please contact Fred Mercadante if you are interested in learning more.

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Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction can mean different things to different people, but one understanding is that it is the art of listening carried out in the context of a one-to-one trusting relationship. Spiritual direction provides an opportunity for a student to reflect with a qualified spiritual director about the events of one’s life, as well as on a person’s relationship with God and others. Problem solving or therapy is not the focus. The focus of spiritual direction lies in the person’s experience of God in order to be more open to the promptings of the Spirit in the ordinary events of life. Although traditional Spiritual Direction is a Christian practice, other faiths are exploring this method as a means to examining the relationship between the human and the Divine.

Spiritual Direction is conducted privately and confidentially. Students who desire a deepening of that relationship are welcome to contact Spiritual Directors Cathy Seymour or Amy Hoegan for an appointment and further information.

Grads N' God

Grads N' God is an opportunity for graduate students to gather in fellowship in a casual forum where relevant and challenging presentations on faith, religion, and spirituality are discussed. Graduate students from all faith traditions or no faith tradition are welcome to join the conversation. Some discussions are in response to a brief presentation from a guest speaker while others are prompted by a simple presentation on a topic. Grads N’ God takes place every Friday at 5 p.m. when classes are in session at the Green Frog (815 Mulberry Street, Scranton). Must be 21 to participate - ID required. For more information, contact Fred Mercadante.

A Jesuit Vocation

Have you ever thought about becoming a Jesuit priest? Check out this video from from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces Vocation Office entitled “The Journey to a Great Life,” featuring Scranton alumnus Adam Rosinski, S.J., Class of 2007. Then check out BeAJesuit.org.

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Campus Ministries, DeNaples Center 200

Phone: 570-941-7419 / Fax: 570-941-4837

campusministries@scranton.edu