With the Eucharist being the source and summit of the Catholic faith, daily mass is celebrated along with opportunities to partake in other sacraments.
Growing in knowledge and in prayer are vital components of an engaged faith life. Students will have opportunities to learn about Catholicism through Bible studies and faith sharing groups as well as through national conferences and speakers.
Loras offers a variety of opportunities to grow in faith and friendship through one day or weekend retreats.
Twice a year, a student-led team, organizes a three-day retreat to hear from other students about their faith journey, spend time in prayer, participate in conversations, and build community.
A one-day contemplative retreat at New Melleray Trappist Monastery allowing you to spend some quiet time, to pray the liturgy of the hours, and listen to a talk by a faculty or staff member.
One day opportunities for men or women to grow in friendship and faith.
A variety of other retreat opportunities are planned based on student interest.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Whether you were never confirmed or simply interested in learning about the Catholic Church, this community gathers weekly to learn and faith-share together. Some choose to become Catholic or become confirmed in the Catholic Church, which occurs the Sunday after Easter in Christ the King Chapel.
Get involved with worship. Opportunities on Sunday’s and weekday celebrations of the Eucharist include:
- Greeter: welcome people to Loras worship as a greeter
- Lector: proclaim scripture readings
- Eucharistic Minister: assist in distributing Holy Communion
- Acolytes: serve in the sanctuary at the altar
- Sacristan: prepare vessels, hosts, and wine for Eucharistic celebrations
Some, but not all of these ministries are open to people of any denomination.
Liturgical Music Ministry
Participate in vocal music, instrumental accompaniment, or leading the congregation in worship. Weekly rehearsals with availability one-hour prior to the weekend Eucharist. All instruments are welcome!
Open to anyone of any talent, ability, or denomination who is willing to rehearse and practice music. For more information call 563.588.7650.
Faith Sharing Groups
Small faith-sharing groups allow you to build community and friendship while diving deeper into an area of interest.
Every year, members of the spiritual life staff offer a variety of topical and book faith-sharing groups; examples include:
In collaboration with local religious communities, Loras students have access to free one-on-one spiritual direction and companionship with a mentor who invites you to reflect on God’s presence in your life.