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Chrissy Taylor thought, “Whoa!” when rising from the baptismal font.

The sopping-wet junior in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences stood tall in front of the Sunday congregation at the Church of the Gesu while parishioners chanted “Alleluia.”

Graduate student Flavio Rovertoni; Victoria Truex, Ed ’13; and Annie Shuey, a junior in the Diederich College of Communication, joined Taylor at the baptism, all four becoming fully initiated into the Catholic Church.

Baptism is the culmination of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. They were named members of the “elect” on the first Sunday of Lent. They were baptized, confirmed and received Holy Communion for the first time on the second Sunday of Easter.

Steve Blaha, Arts ’96, assistant director of campus ministry, says baptisms have always been a “significant soaking,” but this is the first year students were fully immersed.

“Theologically, it’s all about being immersed into the paschal mystery,” Blaha says. “The person becomes one with Christ in that water.” JB


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