Joey Flores is feeling the RCIA love.
As April 27th draws near, members of the campus community — and beyond — have been bombarding the junior biomedical sciences major with congratulatory emails, texts, and high-fives. That is the day Flores and fellow student Sarah Cleland will be initiated into the Catholic Church.
Flores says having the support of his family, friends, Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers, and greater Marquette liturgical community has been great.
“I’ve had a lot of people reach out to congratulate me. One of the fraternity guys who graduated in 1999 who I don’t even know emailed me,” Flores says. “I know almost everyone at (8:00 p.m.) Mass anyway, but I’ll see people from that Mass on the street and they’ll stop and say congratulations and ask how it’s going. It’s really cool”
For Flores, the decision to become Catholic was a long time coming. He’s been going to church for years and says a desire to understand the faith more deeply led him to reach out to the RCIA.
“I really wanted to learn why we do things,” he explains. “I don’t like going through the motions. I want to know how we can be evangelists to other people and how we can take what we learn from the Gospel and apply that to our lives.”
Flores says the RCIA experience has helped him work on his internal relationship with Christ.
“I’ve become a lot more mindful in my prayers,” he says. “I see now that it’s okay to reach out to Christ for help. It’s okay to pray for others. It’s okay to pray with others for things you may be going through.”
Prayers will certainly be flowing for Flores and Cleland on April 27th. The celebration can’t come soon enough, Flores says.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for so long. I’m ready. I have no reservations. I’m raring to go!” he exclaims.
Please join the campus community on Sunday, April 27that 4:00 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu to celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation!