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The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process of preparation to receive the sacraments of initiation: baptism, Eucharist, and confirmation. Since the Church’s beginning, this process has taken various forms, but adult converts have always made up a significant portion of the Christian people. In the past, this process been anything from a short conversation (think Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter eight) to several years. It is a time of conversion of heart, review of life, and a new beginning.

At the Didde Catholic Campus Center, RCIA matches the school year, and culminates at Easter. Classes meet on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9pm, breaks excepted. Regular attendance is expected; while there won’t be any tests, it is important that those preparing to be initiated into full communion as a Catholic should be fully aware of the nature of the decision they are making, as well as the great joys that await them as recipients of the sacraments!

Sometimes, a person isn’t completely sure they want to become Catholic, but wants to learn more. RCIA is a great place to do so, and signing up to participate does not mean a commitment to enter the Church. We realize that the Holy Spirit does not necessarily work on an academic timetable, and we wish to be as flexible as we can to accommodate the individual needs of each person as they grow in knowledge of God’s will.

If you’re interested, please print out out this form, complete it to the best of your ability and bring it to our office!

Please contact us with any questions you may have!

Father Nick Blaha

 

Small Groups provide students with an atmosphere of faith, encouragement, and fellowship.

Students gather to read and learn about the Bible in small groups of men and women. If you are interested, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Didde Center has many opportunities for students to grow in prayer and develop their personal relationship with God.

“Pray. In what human venture could you have greater guarantees of success?”
St. Josemaria Escriva

Spiritual Direction 

Spiritual Direction gives students a chance to meet with a Spiritual Director to reflect on life as it is being lived, to recognize God’s action and remember God’s love, and to discern the next phase of their life journey.  Directors are sisters and priests who have been trained to help others to grow in their relationship with God. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Adoration

Eucharistic devotion is time spent in private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, exposed for adoration outside the celebration of the Mass.  Adoration is available every Wednesday during the school year from after the 8 p.m. Mass, until Benediction at 9:30 p.m.

Liturgy of the Hours

If you are interested in participating in a daily morning or evening prayer group (including the Liturgy of the Hours and/or Rosary), please contact the Didde Office.

Stations of the Cross

During the Lenten season, the Stations of the Cross devotion is held on Thursday evenings.  It provides the prayerful opportunity for you to follow Jesus and His way to the Cross. 

Retreats are a great way of refocusing ourselves on God and what matters most in our lives.
  • Awakening Retreat -This retreat is held every fall at Prairie Star Ranch in Williamsburg, KS. Created and led by former ESU students and passed on through the years, this weekend retreat helps you to create new friendships with fellow ESU students and develop a greater insight into your own Catholic faith.  If interested, please listen to the announcements during Mass and sign-up in the gathering space.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

  • Busy Bee Retreat -This retreat is held every spring semester at the Didde Center.  Usually on a retreat you pack your bags and go away, but the Busy Bee retreat is designed to fit around your schedule. We simply ask that you give one hour a day to reflect on the retreat. You will be assigned a retreat director on Sunday evening. We then ask you to spend thirty minutes a day that week with your retreat director and then thirty minutes in personal prayer. That can be an hour in consecutive time or you can spend thirty minutes in the morning with your retreat director and then thirty minutes in the evening in prayer-however it works into your schedule.