First-year turns to Catholicism for faith community, guidance

Published: February 18, 2016

Faith Correspondent

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is a program run by the Catholic Church that allows people to convert to Catholicism and learn about the teachings and practices of the Church.

Men and women go through a lengthy process to understand what it takes to be a Catholic and to receive the sacraments of initiation (baptism, Holy Communion and confirmation).

First year Benjamin Kelly is preparing for the sacrament of confirmation to complete his initiation into the Catholic Church.

Kelly became aware of Catholic teachings at a young age when he participated in Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes until the third grade. However, he did not realize he wanted to become Catholic until he explored Catholicism further when he entered a Catholic college.

“It never really hit me until I came to a Catholic university that I decided I wanted to become a member of the Catholic Church,” Kelly said.

Kelly really enjoys the communal aspect of the Church. He takes comfort in having found a group to share in the same beliefs.

In addition to embracing the communal aspect of the Catholic Church, Kelly wants to establish his relationship with God and feels that becoming a Catholic can contribute to improving himself as a person.

“I believe that there is always a way to improve as a person,” Kelly said. “Becoming a Catholic can contribute this.”

Kelly is excited to be confirmed and to feel accepted, but with excitement also comes nerves.

He recognizes the commitment it will take to be a responsible and active role model within the Catholic Church; however, he is ready to take the title.

“I’m excited to be confirmed and start the journey within the Christian faith and to be accepted as a member,” Kelly said. “But it can be nerve-wracking too.”

Benjamin will be confirmed the Sunday after Easter along with two other students receiving the sacrament of confirmation.

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