Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry

Sacraments

Canisius College Campus Ministry provides opportunities for students, faculty/staff and alumni to receive the Sacraments of the Catholic faith.  This includes our weekday and Sunday liturgies, weddings, confirmation classes and the RCIA program.

Weddings

Usually at least one of the people being married must be a Roman Catholic to be married in Christ the King Chapel. Both parties must meet all the marriage requirements of both Roman Catholic and civil law. [In some cases, the Director of Campus Ministry can allow a wedding between two non-Catholic alums to take place in the chapel.]

You may be allowed to celebrate your wedding in the Canisius College Chapel if you are:

  • Currently a Canisius College student 
  • An alumnus/alumna of Canisius College 
  • Currently a member of the faculty or staff of Canisius College
  • A son or daughter of a current member of the faculty, staff, Board of Trustees or Board of Regents of Canisius College

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is an opportunity for students to prepare for the three Catholic Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.  Students meet throughout the year in a safe, inquiring community where they can honestly discern their decision to become fully initiated Catholics.

RCIA is right for you if:   

  • You have never been baptized and think you might want to be baptized as a Catholic. 
  • You have been baptized in some other Christian Church and thin you might want to join the Catholic Church.
  • You have been baptized as a Catholic, but have not had any significant religious education and have not received Eucharist or Confirmation.
  • You are searching for a religious expression of your spirituality and want to help discerning what you should do.

The RCIA group meets weekly starting in the fall.  Those who desire to receive the sacraments will be received after Easter at the Rite of Initiation, celebrated by our Bishop in Christ the King Chapel on campus.

RCIA provides an opportunity to reflect on the major aspects of Christian life: spirituality, prayer, scripture, sacraments, service, and morality, among others.  All of this is done in the context of a community shared with sponsors and catechists.

For more information please contact: Sue Fischer at fischers@canisius.edu  or the Campus Ministry office.

Confirmation

In addition to RCIA preparation, Campus Ministry offers a special, separate process for Catholics who have received Baptism, Eucharist but for whatever reason, had not received Confirmation and wish to be confirmed.  This program is held weekly during the second semester for 6-8 weeks. The candidates are joined by the participants in RCIA for the celebration of Confirmation which takes place after Easter at a Eucharistic Liturgy in Christ the King Chapel on campus.

For more information please contact: Sue Fischer at fischers@canisius.edu  or the Campus Ministry office.