Christian Initiation (R.C.I.A.)

Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist) are events on each person's journey of faith within the community of the Church. This means they are not automatically connected to a grade or age, but are a natural step on the path of faith development.

The sacraments of initiation are conferred upon members of the university community (faculty, staff and students) through the R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) and Confirmation programs in the Office of Sacramental Preparation. Sacrament Preparation gives special attention to the preparation of those about to celebrate a sacrament of initiation for the first time. Aspects of preparation typically involve getting to know the people of a local faith community, becoming active in the service life of a parish and attending catechetical sessions on Sundays where parishioners share their faith with the participants. During this time, the family grows in faith and love of God. The length of the process varies according to the individual.

R.C.I.A. sessions begin in September every Fall semester. For more information, please contact Campus Minister, Jonas Bognar at (310)-338-7534 or


For Catholics that have received the Sacrament of Baptism and Eucharist, and are participating in the faith life of their parish community, we offer the opportunity to prepare and celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation by participating in Loyola Marymount's Confirmation process. These evening sessions provide a review of the most important elements of our Catholic faith, as well as an opportunity to participate in small faith sharing groups led by your peers. The Confirmation process begins in the fall and celebrates the Sacrament of Confirmation during the spring semester.

Confirmation sessions begin in September every Fall semester. For more information on Confirmation, please contact Campus Minister, Sr. Maria Lai, CSJ at (310)-338-6475 or